• WordNet 3.6
    • v dragoon subjugate by imposing troops
    • v dragoon compel by coercion, threats, or crude means "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"
    • n dragoon a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dragoon A variety of pigeon.
    • Dragoon ((Mil) Formerly, a soldier who was taught and armed to serve either on horseback or on foot; now, a mounted soldier; a cavalry man.
    • Dragoon To compel submission by violent measures; to harass; to persecute. "The colonies may be influenced to anything, but they can be dragooned to nothing.""Lewis the Fourteenth is justly censured for trying to dragoon his subjects to heaven."
    • Dragoon To harass or reduce to subjection by dragoons; to persecute by abandoning a place to the rage of soldiers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dragoon 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 dragoon A dragonade.
    • n dragoon Same as dragon, 2 .
    • dragoon To set dragoons or soldiers upon, as in the dragonades (see dragonade); persecute or oppress by armed force.
    • dragoon To cause to submit, as by persistent threats; compel by repeated acts of any kind; harass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dragoon dra-gōōn′ formerly a soldier trained to fight either on horseback or on foot, now applied only to heavy cavalry as opposed to hussars and lancers
    • v.t Dragoon to give up to the rage of soldiers: to compel by violent measures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dragon, dragon, dragoon, fr. L. draco, dragon, also, a cohort's standard (with a dragon on it). The name was given from the sense standard,. See Dragon


In literature:

Leaving my dragoon friend to act as master of the ceremonies, I sallied forth.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844" by Various
A new light dawned on the minds of the dragoons.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
The Revocation was also popular with the dragoons.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
The dragoons secured the door and fired the hut.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
They say the mad general sometimes shouts to the Austrian dragoons, 'Ho!
"Stories of Many Lands" by Grace Greenwood
He studied at Cambridge and then went to London, where he enlisted as a trooper in a regiment of dragoons.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
How could I when I thought you were dressed like a dragoon?
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
One of these parties (a small troop of dragoons) we met on the road.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
So the dragoons under Colonel Gardiner were left at Stirling.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
That thread must have been taken from the sash of a dragoon officer!
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

"Trumpeter, sound for the Light Dragoons,
Sound to saddle and spur," he said;
"He that is ready may ride with me,
And he that can may ride ahead."
"Gillespie." by Sir Henry Newbolt
And when the minster leaves were sear,
On a far red field by a dark sea drear,
In dust and thunder, and cheer, boys, cheer,
The bold dragoon went down.
"For Charity's Sake" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Yes, it was a swallow's nest,
Built of clay and hair of horses,
Mane, or tail, or dragoon's crest,
Found on hedge-rows east and west,
After skirmish of the forces.
"The Emperor's Bird's-Nest. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Young Riddell afterwards rose to be a captain
In the British service, and gained a very good name
For being a daring soldier, wherever he went,
And as for killing the ruffian dragoon he never did repent.
"The Nithsdale Widow and Her Son" by William Topaz McGonagall
Now, at the church, in wedlock's bands,
The priest began to tie their hands.
Amidst a troop of Dragoon brothers,
St. Michael's overflow'd with others--
"Wilt have this woman?" Parson cries--
"By G-- I'm forc'd to't," Tom replies.
"The Parrish Wedding" by William Hutton
While widow Riddel sat in her garden she heard an unusual sound,
And near by was her son putting some seeds into the ground,
And as she happened to look down into the little strath below
She espied a party of dragoons coming towards her very slow.
"The Nithsdale Widow and Her Son" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

On Monday, two men came to their home on Dragoon Trail and offered to blacktop their driveway for $540.
Booze The Dragoon Brewing Co.
The new Tucson brewery Dragoon Brewing Co.
A still from Sega Saturn game Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, part of "The Art of Video Games" exhibit opening Wednesday through Jan 13.
Booze Dragoon Brewing Co.'s Ojo Blanco Beer Is Delicious.
A large deposit of rare, brilliant white marble sits on the north slope of the Dragoon Mountains near the small town of Dragoon, between Benson and Willcox (see location map at bottom of post).
Booze Beer-Centric Webseries 'Hopped Up' Visits Dragoon Brewing .
Booze Beer- Centric Webseries 'Hopped Up' Visits Dragoon Brewing.
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will host a Day of Reflection for the Deaf from 9:30 am to 5 pm Nov 17 at the Blessed John Paul II Center, 1328 W Dragoon Trail, Mishawaka.
Triangle T Guest Ranch4190 Dragoon Rd.
Reception in Dragoon to await Pony Express.