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pendragon

[pen-drag-uh n] /pɛnˈdræg ən/
noun
1.
the supreme leader: the title of certain ancient British chiefs.
Origin
1470-1480
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
Related forms
pendragonish, adjective
pendragonship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pendragonship

pendragon

/pɛnˈdræɡən/
noun
1.
a supreme war chief or leader of the ancient Britons
Derived Forms
pendragonship, noun
Word Origin
Welsh, literally: head dragon
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Word Origin and History for pendragonship

pendragon

n.

"Welsh warlord" (mainly known now in Arthurian Uther Pendragon), late 15c., title of a chief leader in war of ancient Britain or Wales, from pen "head" (see pen-) + dragon, which figured on the standard of a cohort.

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