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Dracula

[drak-yuh-luh] /ˈdræk yə lə/
noun
1.
(italics) a novel (1897) by Bram Stoker.
2.
Count, the central character in this novel: the archetype of a vampire.
Origin
Low German Dracol, Dracole, Dracle a by-name of the Wallachian prince Vlad II, “the Impaler” (1431-76); orig. of the name is disputed, but it has long been popularly associated with Romanian dracul the devil (drac devil (< Latin dracō dragon) + -ul definite article)
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Dracula

n.

the vampire, from in Bram Stoker's novel (1897). It was a surname of Prince Vlad II of Wallachia (d.1476), and means in Romanian "son of Dracul," literally "the dragon," from the name and emblem taken by Vlad's father, also named Vlad, c.1431 when he joined the Order of the Dragon, founded 1418 by Sigismund the Glorious of Hungary to defend the Christian religion from the Turks and crush heretics and schismatics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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