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Breton1

[bruh-tawn] /brəˈtɔn/
noun
1.
André
[ahn-drey] /ɑ̃ˈdreɪ/ (Show IPA),
1896–1966, French poet, essayist, and critic.
2.
Jules Adolphe
[zhyl a-dawlf] /ʒyl aˈdɔlf/ (Show IPA),
1827–1906, French painter.

Breton2

[bret-n; French bruh-tawn] /ˈbrɛt n; French brəˈtɔn/
noun
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.
adjective
4.
pertaining to Brittany, the Bretons, or their language.
Origin of Breton2
1815-1820
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.

    Scaramouche 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.

  • She was familiar with the Breton tongue, and also with Latin.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • "I never want any more than I can carry," replied the Breton.

  • The explanation, as far as it goes, of this verb is to be found in Breton.

  • But cf. the addition of b to oa and oe of the same verb in Breton.

British Dictionary definitions for Breton

Breton1

/ˈbrɛtən; French brətɔ̃/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Brittany, its people, or their language
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Brittany, esp one who speaks the Breton language
3.
the indigenous language of Brittany, belonging to the Brythonic subgroup of the Celtic family of languages

Breton2

/French brətɔ̃/
noun
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
n.

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

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