Pronunciation Noun

drake (plural drakes)

  1. A male duck.
Translations Noun

drake (plural drakes)

  1. A mayfly used as fishing bait.
  2. (poetic) A dragon.
    • Beowulf resolves to kill the drake.
  3. (historical) A small piece of artillery.
    • Two or three shots, made at them by a couple of drakes, made them stagger.
  4. A fiery meteor.
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o' Bedlam” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      The moon’s my constant Mistresse
      & the lowlie owle my morrowe.
      The flaming Drake and yͤ Nightcrowe make
      mee musicke to my sorrowe.
  5. A beaked galley, or Viking warship.
  • (mayfly) drake fly
  • Portuguese: dragãozinho

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname, originally a byname from Old English draca or Norse, Old draki, both meaning “dragon”.
    1. Francis Drake (1540-1596), English sea captain, pirate, and explorer of the Elizabethan era.
  2. Surname, anglicized from Drach, itself a Hiberno-Norman name English Drake.
  3. A male given name.
    • 2004 Torey Hayden, Twilight Children, HarperCollins UK (2013), ISBN 0007370865, Chapter 4:
      Drake was not at all what I'd anticipated. His macho soap opera name had put me in mind of aristocrats or oversexed mallards.
  4. A town in New South Wales, Australia.
  5. A village in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  6. A ward in Plymouth, Devon.
  7. A locale in US.
    1. A city in North Dakota, ;.
    2. An unincorporated community in Arizona.
    3. An unincorporated community in Colorado.
    4. An unincorporated community in Illinois.
    5. An unincorporated community in Kentucky.
    6. An unincorporated community in Missouri, ;.
    7. An unincorporated community in South Carolina.

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