Definitions for: Dragoon


[n] a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
[v] subjugate by imposing troops
[v] compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dra*goon" (dr[.a]*g[=oo]n"), 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.

2. A variety of pigeon. --Clarke.

Dragoon bird (Zo["o]l.), the umbrella bird.


Dra*goon", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dragooned; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dragooning.]
1. To harass or reduce to subjection by dragoons; to
persecute by abandoning a place to the rage of soldiers.

2. 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.

Synonyms: railroad, sandbag

See Also: cavalryman, coerce, force, hale, pressure, subject, subjugate, trooper

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