Definition of dreadnought in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdredˌnôt/
Pronunciation: /ˈdredˌnät/
(also dreadnaught)


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.

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Syllabification: dread·nought

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