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Borrowed from French dragon. Doublet of Draco and dragon.
dragoon (plural dragoons)
- (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; […].
- A carrier of a dragon musket.
- 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
carrier of a dragon musket
variety of pigeon
dragoon (third-person singular simple present dragoons, present participle dragooning, simple past and past participle dragooned)
- (transitive) To force (someone) into doing something; to coerce.
- Synonym: compel
- (transitive) To surrender (a person) to the fury of soldiers.
to force someone into doing something; to coerce
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