Definition of dragon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdraɡən/ /ˈdræɡən/


  • 1A mythical monster like a giant reptile. 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. 1.1derogatory A fierce and intimidating person, especially a woman.
      ‘the geography teacher was a real dragon’
  • 2

    another term for flying dragon

  • 3historical (in the 16th and 17th centuries) a short musket carried on the belt of a soldier, especially a mounted infantryman.

    ‘I walked up the stairs to Tralgar's home and knocked on the door, which was made difficult by the dragon I was carrying.’
    1. 3.1A soldier armed with a short musket carried on the belt.
      Compare with dragoon
      ‘Once more, the dragons crushed the offending soldiers, winning a victory that was soon to be short lived.’
      Compare with dragoon


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



/ˈdraɡən/ /ˈdræɡən/