American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An interpreter or guide in countries where Arabic, Turkish, or Persian is spoken.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An interpreter specifically- An interpreter and guide or agent for travelers.
- n. An interpreter attached to an embassy or a consulate. The term is in general use among travelers in the Levant and other parts of the East.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An interpreter; -- so called in the Levant and other parts of the East.
- n. 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)
- From Middle English dragman, from Old French drugeman, from Medieval Latin dragumannus, from Medieval Greek δραγομάνος, from Arabic ترجمان (turgumán, "translator, interpreter"). Compare truchman. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dragman, from Old French drugeman, from Medieval Latin dragumannus, from Medieval Greek dragoumanos, from Arabic tarjumān, from Aramaic targəmānā, from Akkadian targumannu, interpreter; see rgm in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When his memory failed him he called his dragoman and began an Arabic lesson.”
“The 'dragoman' establishments are much more attached to old ideas than Turks and”
“She was not very nervous about this, but she immediately called the dragoman, Mahomet, who knew the use of a gun, and she asked him if he would stand by her in case they were attacked in my absence; the faithful servant replied, "Mahomet fight the”
“[Footnote 327: Or interpreter, now commonly called dragoman, druggeman, or trucheman, all of which are corruptions from the Arabic”
“Winston wins Aneth, but the person who makes everything work out in the end is Tadros the dragoman.”
“Tadros, a dragoman, whom we first see smoking a cigarette and twirling his moustache.”
“Lady Duff Gordon settles in Luxor, in a small household consisting of Sally and the resourceful Egyptian dragoman they found they needed to deal with the intricacies of a different culture.”
““Miss Naldrett tells me she can make you better, Sitti,” says our dragoman.”
“We saw the great medieval mosque, Ibn Tulun, where we watched our dragoman remove his shoes, wash his feet, and kneel down to pray, and Khan el-Khalili, the enormous bazaar, where my Lady was treated like a visiting dignitary.”
“She nodded and waved her hand to show she trusted her dragoman to make his own decisions regarding his faith, and that she was not to be swayed by reminders of me.”
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