- 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