from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An interpreter or guide in countries where Arabic, Turkish, or Persian is spoken.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An interpreter, especially for the Arabic and Turkish languages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An interpreter; -- so called in the Levant and other parts of the East.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An interpreter
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
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)
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)