- a close-fitting cap worn especially by children in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- a soft cap worn while sleeping; nightcap.
Origin of biggin1
1520–30; < Middle French beguin kind of hood or cap, orig. one worn by a Beguine
- a coffeepot, usually silver, having a separate container in which the coffee is immersed while being boiled.
Origin of biggin2
after Biggin, the name of its early 19th-century inventor
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Examples from the Web for biggin
Hardly second in merit to this method is the use of the French "biggin" or "grecque."
Various modifications of the biggin, or French filter coffee-pot, are in use.
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
- a plain close-fitting cap, often tying under the chin, worn in the Middle Ages and by children in the 17th century
C16: from French béguin; see beguine
- Scot a construction, esp a house or cottage
see big ²
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