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[drak-yuh-luh] /ˈdræk yə lə/
(italics) a novel (1897) by Bram Stoker.
Count, the central character in this novel: the archetype of a vampire.
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) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for Dracula
  • Dracula admits to buffy that he is intrigued and charmed by her legacy as she is of him.
  • Lee returned as Dracula in all but two of these and became well known in the role.
Word Origin and History for Dracula
"king of the vampires" in Bram Stoker's novel (1897). It was a nickname of Prince Vlad of Walachia (d.1476).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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