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dragoman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dragoman an interpreter and guide in the Near East; in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries a translator of European languages for the Turkish and Arab authorities and most dragomans were Greek (many reached high positions in the government)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dragoman An interpreter; -- so called in the Levant and other parts of the East.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dragoman An interpreter specifically- An interpreter and guide or agent for travelers.
    • n dragoman An interpreter attached to an embassy or a consulate. The term is in general use among travelers in the Levant and other parts of the East.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dragoman drag′o-man an interpreter or guide in Eastern countries
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From F. dragoman, or Sp. dragoman, or It. dragomanno,; all fr. LGr., Ar. tarjumān, from the same source as E. targum,. Cf. Drogman Truchman
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from Ar. tarjumântarjama, to interpret. See Targum.

Usage

In literature:

At last his dragoman espied a lull, and went again to the battle.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
We were accompanied on our visit by the British Consul's dragoman and a writer in the service of the Pasha.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
The latter sent a dragoman with him to the head of the police, who promised to have inquiries made.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
The dragoman shouts out the numbers of the donkeys, and helps the ladies of the party to mount.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
Why, even my dragoman says that the Mohammedan mob is intent upon some evil business.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
It is well not to ask a wise dragoman all the questions that you can think of.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
You could take a taxi, but a licensed dragoman would be better.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
We were advised by our dragoman not to mention the name of the Sultan.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
First I thought he had picked these people up at the Custom House and got himself appointed dragoman.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
The crew also had mostly some Chinese blood, and Roebelin gathered that they were partners of Sam Choon, his dragoman, in a very small way.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
At these words the dragoman turned pale, but the Sultan turned still paler.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
The duties of an embassy dragoman are extensive and not easily defined.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Abdul, the dragoman, went to tell her that they were going.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
To visit Heliopolis, we took a victoria and an expert dragoman.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt
No dragoman knows where it is.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
I'll be her dragoman!
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
Then our dragoman appeared, and bloodshed seemed imminent.
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
My dragoman's bill next day included these items: "Trinks and trymbals for the crew"; "hay for the limp.
"From sketch-book and diary" by Elizabeth Butler
Here a number of candles were lit by the under-dragoman; and Waldron, taking one, escorted Lola and Miss Lambert.
"Her Royal Highness" by William Le Queux
He remembers Nubar Abba's dragoman.
"Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt" by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
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In science:

For clear and detailed reviews on the correspondence between optics and quantum mechanics, we refer the reader to the works of Dragoman and Longhi .
Resonant laser tunnelling
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