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?
The following list was originally mostly compiled from Draconian.com — visit that page to view the full list of dragon words in other languages. You can also try the online dictionary at Omniglot.
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
Ah-teen, Tah-neen (plural),
(Al)Tineen, (Al)Tananeen (plural)
Austrian: Drach`n, Lindwurm
Breton (Celtic): Aerouant
Bulgarian: Drakon (phonetic)
Catalan (N/E Spain): Drac
Chinese: lung/long, Liung (Hakka dialect)
[Left is “long” in Traditional Chinese.
Right is “long” in Simplified Chinese.]
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)
Drakontas. Male: drakos (or thrakos), Female: drakena (or thrakena)
Hawaiian: Kelekona, (plural) Na Kelekona
Drakon, (plural) Drakonim, Tanniym
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.
Feb ’23 update: The Chinese and Japanese dragon sayings have been moved to the Asian dragon quotes page.
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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