supreme chief or leader: a title used in ancient Britain
Origin of pendragonLate Middle English from Welsh from pen, head + dragon, dragon symbol, war standard, hence leader from Classical Latin draco (gen. draconis), cohort's standard
A supreme chief or leader in ancient Britain.
Origin of pendragonMiddle Welsh penndragon, pendragon ( probably literally “chief of chieftains” ) penn head, chief ( akin to Irish ceann ) ( both Middle Welsh and Irish from Proto-Celtic kwennom of unknown origin ) dragon plural of dreic dragon, military leader, chieftain ( from Latin dracō, dracōn- large serpent, dragon, Roman cavalry standard consisting of a windsock in the form of a dragon ; see dragon. )
- A chief war leader, king, or dictator -- a title assumed by the ancient British chiefs when called to lead other chiefs.