Definition of Breton in English:
1A native of Brittany.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
More example sentences
- 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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