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DRAGOMAN. An interpreter employed in the east, and particularly at the Turkish court.
     2. The Act of Congress of August 26, 1842, c. 201, s. 8, declares that it shall not be lawful for the president of the United States to allow a dragoman at Constantinople, a salary of more than two thousand five hundred dollars.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Part A analyses the evolution of the embassy as a working unit from its founding in 1583 up to the First World War: the buildings, diplomats, dragomans, consular network, and communications.
Around him were arrayed a famiglia of some tens of secretaries, cipherists, guards, spies, housekeepers, and dragomans. The latter were generally Ottoman subjects despite attempts to Venetianize the service by training new generations of giovani di lingua: inherited from the Greek, Arabic, Aramaic, and even Akkadian, the term dragoman designated the interpreter every bailo needed in this multilingual setting.
While his neocon proteges fight for their reputations and their jobs, Lewis's latest book, a collection of essays called From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East, received mostly respectful reviews last spring and summer.