Definition of Breton in English:


Syllabification: Bret·on
Pronunciation: /ˈbretn


  • 1A native of Brittany.
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    • 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.
  • 2The Celtic language of Brittany, related to Cornish.
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    • 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.


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  • 1Of or relating to Brittany or its people or language.
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    • 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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    • The women who work in the cosmetics and fragrance hall on the first floor wear stripy Breton tops, cropped black trousers and ankle-strap heels.
    • When we meet at the show's studio in Shoreditch, Wilson is immaculately turned out in a Breton top and jeans.
    • Nautical but not preppy, a simple Breton shirt is endlessly versatile.


early 19th century: from Old French, literally 'Briton'.

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