- (military) horse soldier; cavalryman
- to force someone into doing something; to coerce
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
DRAGOON, n. A soldier who combines dash and steadiness in so equal
measure that he makes his advances on foot and his retreats on
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Dra*goon" (dr&adot;*g&oomac;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
2. A variety of pigeon.
Dragoon bird (Zoöl.), the
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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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