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biggin1

[big-in] /ˈbɪg ɪn/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a close-fitting cap worn especially by children in the 16th and 17th centuries.
2.
a soft cap worn while sleeping; nightcap.
Origin of biggin1
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French beguin kind of hood or cap, orig. one worn by a Beguine

biggin2

[big-in] /ˈbɪg ɪn/
noun
1.
a coffeepot, usually silver, having a separate container in which the coffee is immersed while being boiled.
Origin
after Biggin, the name of its early 19th-century inventor
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Examples from the Web for biggin
Historical Examples
  • Hardly second in merit to this method is the use of the French "biggin" or "grecque."

    Six Cups of Coffee Maria Parloa
  • Various modifications of the biggin, or French filter coffee-pot, are in use.

    Six Cups of Coffee Maria Parloa
  • Mither, mither, I'm biggin' a bonny hoose for ye to leeve in!

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • Mosportant Scosh quesh'n. Joost your neebor's biggin in a low!

  • Did you always make coffee with a biggin in France, Mrs. Pasmer?

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • Pay the bill, biggin, and join me in the billiard-room, quick!

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • biggin held his peace until they were safe from immediate danger of pursuit.

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • "I'm dashed if I do," objected the simple-hearted Mr. biggin.

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • This is not a criminal matter, Mr. biggin: will you give me a moment with my friend?

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • biggin Creek is one of many streams which empty into Cooper river.

    The Life of Francis Marion William Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for biggin

biggin1

/ˈbɪɡɪn/
noun
1.
a plain close-fitting cap, often tying under the chin, worn in the Middle Ages and by children in the 17th century
Word Origin
C16: from French béguin; see beguine

biggin2

/ˈbɪɡən/
noun
1.
(Scot) a construction, esp a house or cottage
Word Origin
see big²
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