Dra*goon" (?), n. [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.]

1. (Mil.

Formerly, a soldier who was taught and armed to serve either on horseback or on foot; now, a mounted soldier; a cavalry man.


A variety of pigeon.


Dragoon bird Zool., the umbrella bird.


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Dra*goon", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dragooned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dragooning.]


To harass or reduce to subjection by dragoons; to persecute by abandoning a place to the rage of soldiers.


To compel submission by violent measures; to harass; to persecute.

The colonies may be influenced to anything, but they can be dragooned to nothing. Price.

Lewis the Fourteenth is justly censured for trying to dragoon his subjects to heaven. Macaulay.


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