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[brahy-doon, bri-] /braɪˈdun, brɪ-/
a snaffle when used with a curb on a full bridle.
Origin of bridoon
1745-55; < French, Middle French bridon, equivalent to bride bridle (see bride2) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • With the Weymouth curb and bridoon a double bridle is, of course, used.

  • Of bridles she should take at least half a dozen double ones (bit and bridoon).

    The Barb and the Bridle Vielle Moustache
  • If you put the martingale on your bridoon rein you can no longer indicate approval.

    Riding Recollections, 5th ed. G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Ostriches roam about this camp, eating empty soda-water bottles and any bridoon bits they can find.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • Double bridle: The reins of the curb-bit and bridoon, when both bits are placed together in the horse's mouth.

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
  • bridoon: The snaffle-bit and rein, when used in connection with the curb-bit, but acting independently of it.

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
  • The two bits together in the horse's mouth are called "the bit and bridoon," or "the curb and bridoon."

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
  • When you thrust a two-pound bit and bridoon into a small pony's mouth, you hurt his feelings.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • The cheek pieces and bridoon head may be buckled with the curb and snaffle bits, respectively, or be stitched.

  • It may be urged that both for horses and men there is a distinct advantage in beginning again every year with bridoon riding.

    Cavalry in Future Wars Frederick von Bernhardi.
British Dictionary definitions for bridoon


a horse's bit: a small snaffle used in double bridles
Word Origin
C18: from French bridon, from bride bridle; compare Middle English bride
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