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”).