Meaning of dragoon

dra•goon

Pronunciation: (dru-gn'), [key]
— n.
  1. (esp. formerly) a European cavalryman of a heavily armed troop.
  2. a member of a military unit formerly composed of such cavalrymen, as in the British army.
  3. (formerly) a mounted infantryman armed with a short musket.
—v.t.
  1. to set dragoons or soldiers upon; persecute by armed force; oppress.
  2. to force by oppressive measures; coerce: The authorities dragooned the peasants into leaving their farms.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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