This page on how to say ‘dragon’ in different languages was published long ago in the early 2000s.
Do you hang out at Duolingo and other language apps?
Languages are a fantastic way to get to know other cultures better. And isn’t it interesting that there are so many cultures and languages that have the word ‘dragon’ as part of their vocabulary?
Included below are some of the more well-known words!
TOP THREE REQUESTS
What is the Chinese word for dragon?
The Chinese word for dragon is ‘lóng.’ 龙
What is the Norse word for dragon?
The Norse word for dragon is ‘Ormr.’ The name Lindwyrm comes from the old norse word Linnormr which means ‘ensnaring snake.’
What is the Celtic word for dragon?
The Celtic word for dragon is ‘Aerouant.’ The masculine Breton name Erwan and French equivalent Yves come from this Celtic word.
‘Dragon’ in Different Languages
Austrian: Drach`n, Lindwurm
Breton (Celtic): Aerouant
Bulgarian: Drakon (phonetic)
Catalan (N/E Spain): Drac
Chinese: lung/long, Liung (Hakka dialect)
Spiritual Calligraphy from the Chinese character ‘long’: dragon.
from Zhongxian Wu, Introduction of “Fu”
Croatian/Serbian: Zmij, Krilat Zmaj (pronounced “Mai” means Dragon), Azdaja (pronounced “Azhdaya” means Hydra)
Czech: Drak, Dráèek (Draaachek)
Draconian: Khoth, (pl. Khothu)
Elvish: Fenume, Amlub, Angulooke, Looke
Estonian: Draakon, lohe, lohemadu or tuuleuss (Wind Snake), lendav madu
Finnish: lohikäärme, draakki, dragoni
Fire Witch tongue: Katash wei’ vorki (kah-TASH whey VOR-key)
French: Dragun, dargon
German: Drache (pl. Drachen), Lindwurm, drake (pl. draken)
Hawaiian: Kelekona, (plural) Na Kelekona
Islamic: th’uban, tinnin
Italian: Drago, dragone, volante, dragonessa
Japanese: Ryu (pronounced “Riu”, rhyming with “few”), Tatsu
Kanji “Ryu” magnet from J-Box
Jibberish: Gidadraggidaen (pronunced “gid-a-drag-gid-ah-en”)
Klingon: lung’a’ puv (pronounced loong-AH poov) “Flying Great Lizard”
Latin: Draco, dracon, draco, dragon, dragoon, serpent, serpens
New Zealand (Maori): Tarakona
Pig-Latin: Agon-dray. Pig-Latin is a language game.
Quenya (elven): Loke, winged: Ramaloke, sea: Lingwiloke, fire: Uruloke
Romanian: Dragon (pl. Dragoni), Zmeu (pl. Zmei), dracul, drakul
Sanskrit: Naga (type of snake-human-dragon)
Scandinavian: Orm, Ormr
Slovenia: Zmaj = Dragon, Hidra = Hydra.
Spanish: Dragón, El Draque, Brujah
Swedish: Drake, lindorm
Tibetan: Brug (Ladakh dialect)
Vietnamese: Rong (poetic), rng (regular)
Yugoslav: Zmaj, Azdaja
As a bonus, here are some famous cultural sayings about dragons.
Famous Chinese Quotes and Proverbs about Dragons
人中之龙 (rén zhōng zhī lóng)
Means: “A dragon among men.”
This proverb or idiom is used when describing a superlative and exceptional talent.
降龍伏虎 (xiáng lóng fú hǔ)
Means: “To vanquish the dragon and tiger.”
Refers to overcoming powerful enemies.
龙飞凤舞 (lóng fēi fèn gwǔ)
Means: “Dragon flies and phoenix dances.”
Refers to a flamboyant calligraphy style where the writing is absent of real content. In other words, all fluff and no substance.
Japanese Quotes and Proverbs about Dragons
The head of a dragon, the tail of a snake.
This refers to how the start is grand and majestic, similar to a dragon’s head. However the ending is small and pathetic, like a snake’s tail.
Source: Kameng Shambhala
Latin: Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus translated from Latin means ‘never tickle a sleeping dragon.’ It is the Hogwarts school motto in the Harry Potter series.
Icelandic Proverb: The proverb ‘dragons often rise up on their tails’ is recorded in Málsháttakvæði, a 12th century Icelandic poem. The dragon often encountered in the poetry of medieval Scandinavian poetry is a ship, referring to the dragon shape on the warships of the Viking era.
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