Share this entry

dreadnought Syllabification: dread·nought
Pronunciation: /ˈdredˌnôt/
(also dreadnaught)

Definition of dreadnought in English:


1 historical A type of battleship introduced in the early 20th century, larger and faster than its predecessors and equipped entirely with large-caliber guns.
[Named after Britain's HMS Dreadnought, which was the first to be completed (1906)]
Example sentences
  • John Fisher was astute enough to support most technical developments - such as submarines and the dreadnoughts - and his impact on naval policy on World War One cannot be disputed.
  • Instead, for political reasons, he got dreadnoughts - which were then stationed near home.
  • In addition to these vessels, Congress authorized seven dreadnoughts in 1916 and seven fast battleships in 1940, none of which was finished.
2 archaic A heavy overcoat for stormy weather.

Words that rhyme with dreadnought

forecourt • onslaught

Definition of dreadnought in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly