drag omen


noun, plural dragomans, dragomen.
(in the Near East) a professional interpreter.

1300–50; < French; replacing Middle English drogman interpreter < Middle French drog(o)man, dragoman < Medieval Greek drago(u)mános < Semitic; compare Arabic tarjumān, Akkadian targumannu

dragomanic [drag-uh-man-ik] , dragomanish, adjective
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dragoman (ˈdræɡəʊmən)
n , pl -mans, -men
(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]

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14c., from O.Fr. drugemen, from late Gk. dragoumanos, from Ar. targuman "interpreter," from targama "interpret." Treated in Eng. as a compound, with pl. -men.
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