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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.
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]
drag•o•man(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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|Noun||1.||dragoman - 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)|