Definition of dragoon in English:

dragoon

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Pronunciation: /drəˈguːn
 
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noun

  • 1A member of any of several cavalry regiments in the British army.
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    • From the calibre of those we recover we can tell whether they were fired by musketeers, cavalry, dragoons or possibly, from the surface damage on them, as ‘case-shot’ from artillery pieces.
    • It is possible that the red uniforms of several British dragoons may have been glimpsed on Novikov's estate.
    • In fact, the lancers were a minority of those who charged: only one regiment of lancers, but two each of hussars and light dragoons.
    Synonyms
    cavalryman, mounted soldier, horse soldier, cavalier, knight, chevalier; carabineer, hussar, lancer, cuirassier, sabreur
  • 1.1 historical A mounted infantryman armed with a carbine.
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    • Cavalry forces evolved into four categories throughout the ages: the cuirassier or heavy cavalryman, the lancer, the dragoon or mounted infantryman, and the light cavalry.
    • This small force consisted of a troop of dragoons in front, an advance guard of light infantry, a few artillery batteries, and several infantry regiments in the rear.
    • In an unwary moment, French dragoons come so very narrowly to causing Wellesley great harm, prevented only by the heroic efforts of Sergeant Richard Sharpe.

verb

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Origin

early 17th century (denoting a kind of carbine or musket, thought of as breathing fire): from French dragon 'dragon'.

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