Meaning of dragon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdraɡ(ə)n/

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  • 1A mythical monster resembling a giant reptile, sometimes shown as having wings. In European tradition the dragon is typically fire-breathing and tends to symbolize chaos or evil, whereas in East Asia it is usually a beneficent symbol of fertility, associated with water and the heavens.

    ‘On each corner of its curved roof perch ten dragons and other mythical water animals that symbolically guard against the ever-present risk of fire.’
    • ‘Get as close as you dare to mythical monsters including dragons, the Unicorn and the Yeti and learn about the mystery that surrounds them.’
    • ‘After all of it, after all the magic and storms and monsters and dragons and evil beings, they were going to die of the cold.’
    • ‘A snake is also associated with a dragon, the symbol of the Chinese nation.’
    • ‘Although his other shape was that of a giant dragon, the elven warrior preferred his current form as it gave him a greater range of motion.’
    • ‘In the Babylonian creation story their great god Marduk fights the sea dragon Tiamat.’
    • ‘Both feng shui and early British belief use the dragon as the symbol for energies in the ground - not underground, but moving within the earth itself’
    • ‘C.G. does it better - dinosaurs, dragons, giant storms and morphing monsters.’
    • ‘With red-eyed goblins, giant spiders and a fire-breathing dragon, this book is perfect Hallowe'en fare.’
    • ‘In the ancient book, I Ching, when explaining a certain divinatory symbol the dragon is associated with young bamboo.’
    • ‘Youngsters will get the chance to make their own fire-breathing dragons and the famous Salisbury giant will once again be making a star appearance.’
    • ‘They thought of Good dragons, and Evil dragons, while Ray thought of how best to defeat them.’
    • ‘The dragon was a water dragon and they were considered good creatures.’
    • ‘Talking dragons and evil Sorceresses and a world full of monsters and giants and magic… it was all simply too much.’
    • ‘The world of science, logic, and technology has killed off the world of dragons, giants, and heroes.’
    • ‘Also, since dragons symbolized power and stars were considered a symbol of hope, and she seemed to be their only hope, it seemed to be the perfect name.’
    • ‘Alain was a slayer of giants and dragons, a protector of people.’
    • ‘The other three transformed to giant dragons who towered above him.’
    • ‘The giant dragons begin a criss cross sweep across the massive sky.’
    • ‘We watched an ice demon breathe fire (how he did it, we still don't know), and watched a man slay a giant dragon.’
    1. 1.1 derogatory A fierce and intimidating person (typically used of a woman)
      • ‘the geography teacher was a real dragon’
  • 2

    (also flying dragon)
    another term for flying lizard

    1. 2.1Australian Any lizard of the agama family.


    chase the dragon
    • Smoke heroin.

      • ‘It cost me about £80 a day to chase the dragon.’
      • ‘The literature indicates that an ideal drug consumption facility is made up of three sections: a clinical area for injecting, a well-ventilated area for freebasing or chasing the dragon, and an adjacent common room.’
      • ‘As I smoked, out of the side of my eye I half watched Dave: also smoking, also chasing the dragon.’
      • ‘He is clearly not a conventional type, tracked down by his fellow officer and friend, chasing the dragon in an opium den.’
      • ‘I once stayed in a flat in the red light district of Amsterdam, where these rich German junkies would drive up, score heroin from the prostitutes, and then chase the dragon quite openly, in their gleaming cars, parked by the Oudekirk.’
      • ‘He only chased the dragon; he never shot up.’
      • ‘But these people are not stupid, they know as well as you and I that you can chase the dragon and not get burned, if you only do it once.’
      • ‘I had a nanny who happened to be an opium addict, and who would lock herself in the room, with me, aged 1.5, and languidly chase the dragon.’
      • ‘Not everyone will take a one way ticket to Hong Kong to chase the dragon.’


Middle English (also denoting a large serpent): from Old French, via Latin from Greek drakōn ‘serpent’.