Definitions for dragomanˈdræg ə mən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
drag•o•manˈdræg ə mən(n.)(pl.)-mans, -men.
(in the Near East) a professional interpreter.
Category: Foreign Term
Origin of dragoman:
1300–50; ME drogman interpreter < MF drog(o)man, dragoman < MGk drago(u)mános < Semitic; cf. Ar tarjumān, Akkadian targumannu
an interpreter and guide in the Near East; in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries a translator of European languages for the Turkish and Arab authorities and most dragomans were Greek (many reached high positions in the government)
An interpreter, especially for the Arabic and Turkish languages.
Origin: dragman, from drugeman, from Medieval Latin dragumannus, from Medieval Greek δραγομάνος, from Arabic (turgumán) ‘translator, interpreter’. Compare truchman.
an interpreter; -- so called in the Levant and other parts of the East