What does Dragon mean?

Definitions for Dragon
ˈdræg əndrag·on

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Dragon.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dragon, firedrakenoun

    a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings

  2. dragon, tartarnoun

    a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman

  3. Draco, Dragonnoun

    a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus

  4. dragon, flying dragon, flying lizardnoun

    any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body


  1. dragonnoun

    A legendary, serpentine or reptilian creature.

  2. dragonnoun

    An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:

  3. dragonnoun

    The constellation Draco.

  4. dragonnoun

    An unpleasant woman; a harridan.

    She's a bit of a dragon.

  5. dragonnoun

    The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China.

    Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.

  6. dragonnoun

    Something very formidable or dangerous.

  7. Dragonnoun

    the Devil.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DRAGONnoun

    Etymology: draco, Latin; dragon, French.

    I go alone,
    Like to a lonely dragon, that his fen
    Makes fear’d and talk’d of more than seen. William Shakespeare, Coriolan.

    Swift, swift, you dragons of the night! that dawning
    May bear the raven’s eye. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    And you, ye dragons! of the scaly race,
    Whom glittering gold and shining armours grace;
    In other nations harmless are you found,
    Their guardian genii and protectors own’d. Nicholas Rowe.

    On spiry volumes there a dragon rides;
    Here, from our strict embrace, a stream he glides. Alexander Pope.

  2. Dragonnoun

    A plant.

    Etymology: draco, Latin; dragon, French.

    The leaves are like those of arum, but divided into many parts: the stalk is spotted; but, in other respects, it agrees with the arum. Philip Miller.


  1. Dragon

    A dragon is a large, serpentine, legendary creature that appears in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. Beliefs about dragons vary considerably through regions, but dragons in western cultures since the High Middle Ages have often been depicted as winged, horned, four-legged, and capable of breathing fire. Dragons in eastern cultures are usually depicted as wingless, four-legged, serpentine creatures with above-average intelligence. The earliest attested reports of draconic creatures resemble giant snakes. Draconic creatures are first described in the mythologies of the ancient Near East and appear in ancient Mesopotamian art and literature. Stories about storm-gods slaying giant serpents occur throughout nearly all Indo-European and Near Eastern mythologies. Famous prototypical draconic creatures include the mušḫuššu of ancient Mesopotamia; Apep in Egyptian mythology; Vṛtra in the Rigveda; the Leviathan in the Hebrew Bible; Grand'Goule in the Poitou region in France, Python, Ladon, Wyvern, and the Lernaean Hydra in Greek mythology; Jörmungandr, Níðhöggr, and Fafnir in Norse mythology; and the dragon from Beowulf. The popular western image of a dragon is based on a conflation of earlier dragons from different traditions, and of inaccurate scribal drawings of snakes. In western cultures, dragons are portrayed as monsters to be tamed or overcome, usually by saints or culture heroes, as in the popular legend of Saint George and the Dragon. They are often said to have ravenous appetites and to live in caves, where they hoard treasure. These dragons appear frequently in western fantasy literature, including The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, and A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The word "dragon" has also come to be applied to the legendary creature in Chinese mythology, loong (traditional 龍, simplified 龙, Japanese simplified 竜, Pinyin lóng), which is associated with good fortune and is thought to have power over rain. Dragons and their associations with rain are the source of the Chinese customs of dragon dancing and dragon boat racing. Many East Asian deities and demigods have dragons as their personal mounts or companions. Dragons were also identified with the Emperor of China, who, during later Chinese imperial history, was the only one permitted to have dragons on his house, clothing, or personal articles. Commonalities between dragons' traits are often a hybridization of avian, feline, and reptilian features, and may include: snakelike features, reptilian scaly skin, four legs with three or four toes on each, spinal nodes running down the back, a tail, and a serrated jaw with rows of teeth. Several modern scholars believe huge extinct or migrating crocodiles bear the closest resemblance, especially when encountered in forested or swampy areas, and are most likely the template of modern dragon imagery.


  1. dragon

    A dragon is a mythological creature typically depicted as a large, powerful, reptile-like creature with wings, often breathing fire. Dragons are often associated with strength, wisdom, and sometimes greed or malevolence, and they appear in various mythologies and folklore across different cultures throughout history.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dragonnoun

    a fabulous animal, generally represented as a monstrous winged serpent or lizard, with a crested head and enormous claws, and regarded as very powerful and ferocious

  2. Dragonnoun

    a fierce, violent person, esp. a woman

  3. Dragonnoun

    a constellation of the northern hemisphere figured as a dragon; Draco

  4. Dragonnoun

    a luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move through the air as a winged serpent

  5. Dragonnoun

    a short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; -- so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle

  6. Dragonnoun

    a small arboreal lizard of the genus Draco, of several species, found in the East Indies and Southern Asia. Five or six of the hind ribs, on each side, are prolonged and covered with weblike skin, forming a sort of wing. These prolongations aid them in making long leaps from tree to tree. Called also flying lizard

  7. Dragonnoun

    a variety of carrier pigeon

  8. Dragonnoun

    a fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a charge in a coat of arms

  9. Etymology: [F. dragon, L. draco, fr. Gr. dra`kwn, prob. fr. de`rkesqai, dra`kein, to look (akin to Skr. dar to see), and so called from its terrible eyes. Cf. Drake a dragon, Dragoon.]


  1. Dragon

    A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries. The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word "dragon" derives from Greek δράκων, "dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dragon

    drag′un, n. a fabulous winged serpent: the constellation Draco: a fierce person: the flying lizard of the East Indies.—ns. Drag′onet, a little dragon: a genus of fishes of the goby family; Drag′on-fly, an insect with a long body and brilliant colours.—v.t. Drag′onise, to turn into a dragon: to watch like a dragon.—adjs. Drag′onish, Drag′on-like.—n. Drag′onism, watchful guardianship.—adj. Dragonné (her.), like a dragon in the hinder part, and a lion or the like in the fore part.—ns. Drag′on's-blood, the red resinous exudation of several kinds of trees in the W. and E. Indies, used for colouring; Drag′on's-head, a plant of genus Dracocephalum, of the mint family (Labiatæ): (her.) tenné or tawny when blazoning is done by the heavenly bodies; Drag′on-shell, a cowry; Drag′on's-wort, tarragon or snake-weed; Drag′on-tree (same as Dracæna). [Fr.,—L. draco, draconis—Gr. drakōn, from aorist of derk-esthai, to look.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dragon

    a fabulous monster, being a hideous impersonation of some form of deadly evil, which only preternatural heroic strength and courage can subdue, and on the subdual and slaying of which depends the achievement of some conquest of vital moment to the human race or some members of it; is represented in mediæval art as a large, lizard-like animal, with the claws of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the tail of a serpent, with open jaws ready and eager to devour, which some knight high-mounted thrusts at to pierce to death with a spear; in the Greek mythology it is represented with eyes ever on the watch, in symbol of the evil that waylays us to kill us if we don't kill it, as in guarding the "Apples of the Hesperides" and the "Golden Fleece," because these are prizes that fall only to those who are as watchful of him as he is of them; and it is consecrated to Minerva to signify that true wisdom, as sensible of the ever-wakeful dragon, never goes to sleep, but is equally ever on the watch.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. dragon

    [MIT] A program similar to a daemon, except that it is not invoked at all, but is instead used by the system to perform various secondary tasks. A typical example would be an accounting program, which keeps track of who is logged in, accumulates load-average statistics, etc. Under ITS, many terminals displayed a list of people logged in, where they were, what they were running, etc., along with some random picture (such as a unicorn, Snoopy, or the Enterprise), which was generated by the ‘name dragon’. Usage: rare outside MIT — under Unix and most other OSes this would be called a background demon or daemon. The best-known Unix example of a dragon is cron(1). At SAIL, they called this sort of thing a phantom.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dragon

    An old name for a musketoon.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dragon

    An old name for a musketoon.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dragon is ranked #12520 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dragon surname appeared 2,475 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Dragon.

    87.8% or 2,173 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 115 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 78 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.1% or 77 total occurrences were Asian.
    1% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.2% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Dragon' in Nouns Frequency: #2605

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dragon in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dragon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Dragon in a Sentence

  1. Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins:

    Crew Dragon feel like it is a connection with all of you, to everybody. Crew Dragon hope that it brings a smile to your face and Crew Dragon hope that it provides something positive to your life.

  2. Chinese Proverb:

    To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.

  3. Martin Chaknueve:

    It is shocking how people are being fooled by doctors in the name of dengue and looting ordinary mass. Asking patients to eat dragon fruit and kiwi only and still people doubts physicians. Fake blood reports are prepared to fleece money It is shocking how people are being fooled by doctors in the name of dengue and looting ordinary mass. Asking patients to eat dragon fruit and kiwi only and still people do not doubt physicians. Fake blood reports are prepared to fleece money

  4. Arthur Georges:

    We used a bacterial artificial chromosome library to generate and verify sex specific sequence and probes that were important to determine the underlying sex of individuals, a BAC library is constructed by cutting up the dragon DNA, the whole genome, and inserting the fragments into bacterial colonies, one fragment per colony, so you can pull particular dragon sequence out at will.

  5. Noela Evans:

    Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth…Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

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