Definition of Breton in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛt(ə)n/


1A native of Brittany.
Example sentences
  • It is said the collection of pirates included Spaniards, French, Bretons and Irish.
  • Many of the men in these advance parties were native Bretons familiar with the countryside and the people.
  • In the years after the conquest, Normans, Flemings, Bretons, and other Frenchmen also took key posts.
2 [mass noun] The Celtic language of Brittany, derived from Cornish. It has around 500,000 speakers.
Example sentences
  • Most Bretons speak both French and Breton, a Celtic language related to Welsh and Cornish.
  • It refers to a radio station in Brittany, France, that broadcasts only in Breton.
  • Largely the same can be said of another Celtic language, Breton.


1Relating to Brittany or its people or language.
Example sentences
  • She is brought coral and pearls by a young lady whose dark skin distracts from her own Breton complexion.
  • Jean-Claude, our Breton steward, is a former submariner, merchant seaman and hotelier.
  • The band draws on Balkan repertoire but adds a few Breton tunes.
2Denoting a casual striped top, typically white with narrow horizontal blue stripes, of a type loosely associated with French or Breton sailors: just pull on a classic Breton t-shirt
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  • I remember looking at Sophie's Breton top and her chic white pedal pushers and thinking: what a pretty girl.
  • The stripy Breton top has become as ubiquitous as a Game of Thrones billboard this summer.
  • In <i>And God Created Woman</i>, Bardot teamed a pair of red Repetto ballet pumps with cropped trousers and a Breton top.


From Old French, 'Briton'.

Words that rhyme with Breton

jetton, Sowetan, threaten, Tibetan

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Line breaks: Bre¦ton

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