pen dragonish


the supreme leader: the title of certain ancient British chiefs.

1470–80; < Medieval Latin (Geoffrey of Monmouth) Uthyrpendragun Uther Pendragon, taken as Medieval Welsh pen(n) head + *dragun < Late Latin dracōnēs, plural of dracō military standard, Latin: serpent, dragon (hence, chief or head standard), though the compound is unattested in Welsh sources outside of translations of Geoffrey of Monmouth

pendragonish, adjective
pendragonship, noun Unabridged
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pendragon (pɛnˈdræɡən)
a supreme war chief or leader of the ancient Britons
[Welsh, literally: head dragon]

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Word Origin & History

"Welsh warlord" (mainly known now in Arthurian Uther Pendragon), 1470, title of a chief leader in war of ancient Britain or Wales, from pen "head" + dragon (q.v.), which figured on the standard of a cohort.
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