American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a European military unit trained and armed to fight mounted or on foot.
- v. To subjugate or persecute by the imposition of troops.
- v. To compel by violent measures or threats; coerce.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cavalry soldier. Originally dragoons were a mongrel force, a sort of mounted infantry, armed with musquetoons or carbines, and serving on foot as well as on horseback; but now they serve as cavalry only. In the British army they are classed as heavy or light dragoons, according to the weight of men, horses, and equipments. The term is not used in the United States army.
- n. A dragonade.
- n. Same as dragon, 2 .
- To set dragoons or soldiers upon, as in the dragonades (see dragonade); persecute or oppress by armed force.
- To cause to submit, as by persistent threats; compel by repeated acts of any kind; harass.
- n. military A horse soldier; a cavalryman, who uses a horse for mobility, but fights dismounted.
- n. A carrier of a dragon musket.
- v. To force someone into doing something; to coerce.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. ((Mil.) Formerly, a soldier who was taught and armed to serve either on horseback or on foot; now, a mounted soldier; a cavalry man.
- n. A variety of pigeon.
- v. To harass or reduce to subjection by dragoons; to persecute by abandoning a place to the rage of soldiers.
- v. To compel submission by violent measures; to harass; to persecute.
- v. compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
- n. a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
- v. subjugate by imposing troops
- French dragon, carbine, dragoon, from Old French, dragon; see dragon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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