Definition of

Dragoon

  1. (noun, person) a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
  2. (verb, social) subjugate by imposing troops
  3. (verb, social) compel by coercion, threats, or crude means

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Synonyms of Dragoon

railroad, sandbag

Alternate forms of Dragoon

Derivations: dragoon

Hypernyms: cavalryman, coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze, subject, subjugate, trooper

Origin of the word Dragoon

  1. 1622, from Fr. dragon "carbine, musket," because the guns the soldiers carried "breathed fire" like a dragon. The verb is from 1689, lit. "to force by the agency of dragoons" (which were used by the Fr. kings to persecute Protestants). more

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