A painting of a dragon.
An example of a dragon is the creature Harry Potter had to fight in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
- a mythical monster, usually represented as a large reptile with wings and claws, breathing out fire and smoke
- a fierce person; esp., a fiercely watchful female guardian or chaperone
- a short musket carried hooked to a soldier's belt
- a soldier armed with such a musket; dragoon
- Obs. a large serpent or snake
- Obs., Bible a word used to translate several Hebrew words now understood to mean serpent, jackal, Old Serpent (Satan), etc.
- Zool. any of a genus (Draco) of small tree lizards of Southeast Asia, with winglike membranes used in gliding from tree to tree
Origin of dragonMiddle English dragoun from Old French dragon from Classical Latin draco from Classical Greek drak?n, dragon, serpent, literally , the seeing one from derkesthai, to see from Indo-European base an unverified form derk-, to see from source Old Irish derc, eye
- A mythical monster traditionally represented as a gigantic reptile having a long tail, sharp claws, scaly skin, and often wings.
- Any of various lizards, such as the Komodo dragon or the flying lizard.
- a. A fiercely vigilant or intractable person.b. Something very formidable or dangerous.
- Archaic A large snake or serpent.
Origin of dragonMiddle English from Old French from Latin dracō dracōn- large serpent from Greek drakōn ; see derk- in Indo-European roots.
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- A legendary, serpentine or reptilian creature.
- Any of various agamid lizards of the genera Draco, Physignathus or Pogona.
- A Komodo dragon.
- She’s a bit of a dragon.
- Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.
From Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων (drakōn, “a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon”), probably from δρακεῖν (drakein), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (derkomai, “I see clearly”).