1A member of any of several cavalry regiments in the British army.
- 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.
1.1 historical A mounted infantryman armed with a short rifle or musket.
- 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.
Coerce (someone) into doing something: she had been dragooned into helping with the housework
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- What they need help with is mostly serving meals and answering phones - they aren't dragooning people into serving on bucket brigades.
- After sitting through the tedious mutualisation vote, he was dragooned by the bossy PR woman from during the question time session for group managing director.
- Once upon a time my Sunday school teacher dragooned me into a little kiddie choir that performed ‘Away in A Manger’ during the Christmas cantata.
Early 17th century (denoting a kind of carbine or musket, thought of as breathing fire): from French dragon 'dragon'.
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