- a mounted soldier armed with a short musket (called a dragon), capable of fighting on horseback or on foot
- a heavily armed cavalryman
- a member of a Canadian armored cavalry regiment
Origin of dragoonFrench dragon (see dragon): uncertain or unknown; perhaps so called from their fire-breathing weapons
- Historical to use dragoons to harass or persecute (someone)
- to force (someone) into doing something; coerce
A member of a European military unit trained and armed to fight mounted or on foot.
transitive verbdra·gooned, dra·goon·ing, dra·goons
- To subjugate or persecute by the imposition of troops.
- To compel by violent measures or threats; coerce.
Origin of dragoonFrench dragon carbine, dragoon from Old French dragon ; see dragon .
(third-person singular simple present dragoons, present participle dragooning, simple past and past participle dragooned)