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Borrowed from French dragon. Doublet of Draco and dragon.


  • IPA(key): /dɹəˈɡuːn/
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  • Rhymes: -uːn


dragoon (plural dragoons)

  1. (military) A horse soldier; a cavalryman who uses a horse for mobility, but fights dismounted.
    • 1852 March – 1853 September, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1853, →OCLC, page 602:
      I have served as a Dragoon in my day; and a comrade of mine that I was once rather partial to, was, if I don't deceive myself, a brother of yours.
    • 1881, W. S. Gilbert, Patience:
      If you want a receipt for that popular mystery,
      Known to the world as a Heavy Dragoon -
      Take all the remarkable people in history,
      Rattle them off to a popular tune!
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; [].
  2. A carrier of a dragon musket.
  3. A variety of pigeon.
    • 1829, William Clarke, The Boy's Own Book:
      Dragoons were originally bred between a Tumbler and a Horseman: by frequently matching them with the Horseman, they will acquire very great strength and agility

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dragoon (third-person singular simple present dragoons, present participle dragooning, simple past and past participle dragooned)

  1. (transitive) To force (someone) into doing something; to coerce.
    Synonym: compel
  2. (transitive) To surrender (a person) to the fury of soldiers.

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