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n. pl. drag·o·mans or drag·o·men
An interpreter or guide in countries where Arabic, Turkish, or Persian is spoken.

[Middle English dragman, from Old French drugeman, from Medieval Latin dragumannus, from Medieval Greek dragoumanos, from Arabic tarjumān, from Aramaic targəmānā, from Akkadian targumannu, interpreter; see rgm in Semitic roots.]


n, pl -mans or -men
(Historical Terms) (in some Middle Eastern countries, esp formerly) a professional interpreter or guide
[C14: from French, from Italian dragomano, from Medieval Greek dragoumanos, from Arabic targumān an interpreter, from Aramaic tūrgemānā, of Akkadian origin]


(ˈdræg ə mən)

n., pl. -mans, -men.
(in the Near East) a professional interpreter.
[1300–50; Middle English drogman interpreter < Middle French drog(o)man, dragoman < Medieval Greek drago(u)mános < Semitic; compare Arabic tarjumān, Akkadian targumannu]
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Noun1.dragoman - an interpreter and guide in the Near Eastdragoman - an interpreter and guide in the Near East; in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries a translator of European languages for the Turkish and Arab authorities and most dragomans were Greek (many reached high positions in the government)
interpreter, translator - someone who mediates between speakers of different languages


nDragoman m
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HEARING a sound of strife, a Christian in the Orient asked his Dragoman the cause of it.
The Buddhists are cutting Mohammedan throats," the Dragoman replied, with oriental composure.
The Mohammedans are cutting Buddhist throats, too," added the Dragoman.
At the appointed time our business committee reported, and said all things were in readdress--that we were to start to-day, with horses, pack animals, and tents, and go to Baalbec, Damascus, the Sea of Tiberias, and thence southward by the way of the scene of Jacob's Dream and other notable Bible localities to Jerusalem--from thence probably to the Dead Sea, but possibly not--and then strike for the ocean and rejoin the ship three or four weeks hence at Joppa; terms, five dollars a day apiece, in gold, and every thing to be furnished by the dragoman.
At that hour Abraham, the dragoman, marshaled them before us.
Those stately fellows in baggy trowsers and turbaned fezzes brought in a dinner which consisted of roast mutton, roast chicken, roast goose, potatoes, bread, tea, pudding, apples, and delicious grapes; the viands were better cooked than any we had eaten for weeks, and the table made a finer appearance, with its large German silver candlesticks and other finery, than any table we had sat down to for a good while, and yet that polite dragoman, Abraham, came bowing in and apologizing for the whole affair, on account of the unavoidable confusion of getting under way for a very long trip, and promising to do a great deal better in future!
Papoosh Pasha, the Turkish Ambassador (attended by Kibob Bey, dragoman of the mission), the Marquess of Steyne, Earl of Southdown, Sir Pitt and Lady Jane Crawley, Mr.
When I rode across the Troad from the Dardanelles to Hissarlik and Mount Ida, I noticed that my dragoman and his men did all our outdoor cooking exactly in the Odyssean and Iliadic fashion.
Minister Moskovski reminded that there is a technical project for the railway line from Voluyak to Dragoman and it is expected that the auctions will be announced at the latest in early 2019.
The last essay describes the case of Dragoman of Cyprus who was much more than that.
From Khartoum to Jerusalem: The Dragoman Solomon Negima and His Clients (1885-1933)