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dragoman

[drag-uh-muh n] /ˈdræg ə mən/
noun, plural dragomans, dragomen.
1.
(in the Near East) a professional interpreter.
Origin of dragoman
1300-1350
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
Related forms
dragomanic
[drag-uh-man-ik] /ˌdræg əˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
dragomanish, adjective
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dragoman

/ˈdræɡəʊmən/
noun (pl) -mans, -men
1.
(in some Middle Eastern countries, esp formerly) a professional interpreter or guide
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for dragoman
n.

early 14c., from Old French drugemen, from late Greek dragoumanos, from Arabic targuman "interpreter," from targama "interpret." Treated in English as a compound, with plural -men.

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