Meaning of “dragonfly” in the English Dictionary

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"dragonfly" in British English

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dragonflynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdræɡ.ən.flaɪ/ us /ˈdræɡ.ən.flaɪ/

Examples from literature

  • Great glittering dragonflies drifted along the river bank, or hung quivering above pools. 
  • Now a butterfly fluttered past me, and now a dragonfly. 
  • Numbers of caterpillars mounted the stalks of grass, and many dragonflies and butterflies appeared, though this was winter. 
  • Such must be the state of being of a dragonfly on a sunny day. 
  • Through a little opening among the trees, as through a window, I could see the cattle feeding in the wide meadows, all headed alike, and yellow butterflies drifted across the open spaces, and there were bumblebees and dragonflies. 

(Definition of “dragonfly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dragonfly" in American English

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dragonflynoun [ C ]

us /ˈdræɡ·ənˌflɑɪ/

a flying insect with a long, thin body and two pairs of transparent wings

(Definition of “dragonfly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)