dracula, count

Dracula

[drak-yuh-luh]
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
"king of the vampires" in Bram Stoker's novel (1897). It was a nickname of Prince Vlad of Walachia (d.1476).
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Dracula, Count definition


The title character of Dracula, a novel from the late nineteenth century by the English author Bram Stoker. Count Dracula, a vampire, is from Transylvania, a region of eastern Europe now in Romania. He takes his name from a bloodthirsty nobleman of the Middle Ages. To lay the vampire Dracula's spirit to rest, one must drive a wooden stake through his heart.

Note: Count Dracula was played in films by the Hungarian-born actor Bela Lugosi, whose elegant, exotic accent has become associated with the character.
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