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  1. An·dré [ahn-drey] /ɑ̃ˈdreɪ/, 1896–1966, French poet, essayist, and critic.
  2. Jules A·dolphe [zhyl a-dawlf] /ʒyl aˈdɔlf/, 1827–1906, French painter.


[bret-n; French bruh-tawn]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Brittany.
  2. Also called Armorican, Armoric. the Celtic language of Brittany.
  3. (often lowercase) a round hat for women, with a flat crown and a turned-up brim.
  1. pertaining to Brittany, the Bretons, or their language.

Origin of Breton2

1815–20; < French breton; replacing Britain, Brit(t)on, Breton used for both this sense and the sense of Briton
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  • Then poor Bornier, who resembled a Breton gnome, came up to me.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • There was more than sunlight to make the Breton pirate blink.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Almost, indeed, had the Breton shuddered at his compatriot's cold-bloodedness.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • It would then be supposed that the attack was made by a party of Breton peasantry.

    No Surrender!

    G. A. Henty

  • As you know, he is of a Breton family, one of the most illustrious of the province.

British Dictionary definitions for breton


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Brittany, its people, or their language
  1. a native or inhabitant of Brittany, esp one who speaks the Breton language
  2. the indigenous language of Brittany, belonging to the Brythonic subgroup of the Celtic family of languages


  1. André (ɑ̃dre). 1896–1966, French poet and art critic: founder and chief theorist of surrealism, publishing the first surrealist manifesto in 1924
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Word Origin and History for breton



"native or language of Brittany," late 14c., from French form of Briton (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper