- the supreme leader: the title of certain ancient British chiefs.
Origin of pendragon
1470–80; < Medieval Latin (Geoffrey of Monmouth) Uthyrpendragun Uther Pendragon, taken as Medieval Welsh pen(n) head + *dragun < Late Latin dracōnēs, plural of dracō military standard, Latin: serpent, dragon (hence, chief or head standard), though the compound is unattested in Welsh sources outside of translations of Geoffrey of Monmouth
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Examples from the Web for pendragon
I said I had gone across to Pendragon Park and shut the door in his face.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
At the last Mrs. Pendragon pleaded a headache, and could not go.Their Pilgrimage
Charles Dudley Warner
Could swear that he never knew the horse "Pendragon" was stolen.Nevermore
"I hope I am a 'true' Pendragon," he said, rather thoughtfully.
"Certainly you won't be here long, or where Pendragon is," said he.
- a supreme war chief or leader of the ancient Britons
Welsh, literally: head dragon
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Word Origin and History for pendragon
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