Definition of dragon in English:



  • 1A mythical monster like a giant reptile. In European tradition the dragon is typically fire-breathing and tends to symbolize chaos or evil, whereas in East Asia it is usually a beneficent symbol of fertility, associated with water and the heavens.

    • ‘With red-eyed goblins, giant spiders and a fire-breathing dragon, this book is perfect Hallowe'en fare.’
    • ‘They thought of Good dragons, and Evil dragons, while Ray thought of how best to defeat them.’
    • ‘C.G. does it better - dinosaurs, dragons, giant storms and morphing monsters.’
    • ‘Both feng shui and early British belief use the dragon as the symbol for energies in the ground - not underground, but moving within the earth itself’
    • ‘In the ancient book, I Ching, when explaining a certain divinatory symbol the dragon is associated with young bamboo.’
    • ‘The other three transformed to giant dragons who towered above him.’
    • ‘Although his other shape was that of a giant dragon, the elven warrior preferred his current form as it gave him a greater range of motion.’
    • ‘Also, since dragons symbolized power and stars were considered a symbol of hope, and she seemed to be their only hope, it seemed to be the perfect name.’
    • ‘The dragon was a water dragon and they were considered good creatures.’
    • ‘After all of it, after all the magic and storms and monsters and dragons and evil beings, they were going to die of the cold.’
    • ‘A snake is also associated with a dragon, the symbol of the Chinese nation.’
    • ‘Get as close as you dare to mythical monsters including dragons, the Unicorn and the Yeti and learn about the mystery that surrounds them.’
    • ‘The giant dragons begin a criss cross sweep across the massive sky.’
    • ‘We watched an ice demon breathe fire (how he did it, we still don't know), and watched a man slay a giant dragon.’
    • ‘Youngsters will get the chance to make their own fire-breathing dragons and the famous Salisbury giant will once again be making a star appearance.’
    • ‘Talking dragons and evil Sorceresses and a world full of monsters and giants and magic… it was all simply too much.’
    • ‘Alain was a slayer of giants and dragons, a protector of people.’
    • ‘The world of science, logic, and technology has killed off the world of dragons, giants, and heroes.’
    • ‘On each corner of its curved roof perch ten dragons and other mythical water animals that symbolically guard against the ever-present risk of fire.’
    • ‘In the Babylonian creation story their great god Marduk fights the sea dragon Tiamat.’
    1. 1.1derogatory A fierce and intimidating woman.
      ‘his wife is a real dragon’
  • 2

    another term for flying lizard
    1. 2.1Australian Any lizard of the agama family.


  • chase the dragon

    • informal Smoke heroin.

      • ‘I had a nanny who happened to be an opium addict, and who would lock herself in the room, with me, aged 1.5, and languidly chase the dragon.’
      • ‘Not everyone will take a one way ticket to Hong Kong to chase the dragon.’
      • ‘As I smoked, out of the side of my eye I half watched Dave: also smoking, also chasing the dragon.’
      • ‘It cost me about £80 a day to chase the dragon.’
      • ‘I once stayed in a flat in the red light district of Amsterdam, where these rich German junkies would drive up, score heroin from the prostitutes, and then chase the dragon quite openly, in their gleaming cars, parked by the Oudekirk.’
      • ‘The literature indicates that an ideal drug consumption facility is made up of three sections: a clinical area for injecting, a well-ventilated area for freebasing or chasing the dragon, and an adjacent common room.’
      • ‘He only chased the dragon; he never shot up.’
      • ‘He is clearly not a conventional type, tracked down by his fellow officer and friend, chasing the dragon in an opium den.’
      • ‘But these people are not stupid, they know as well as you and I that you can chase the dragon and not get burned, if you only do it once.’


Middle English (also denoting a large serpent): from Old French, via Latin from Greek drakōn serpent.