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biggin

1

[ big-in ]

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.


biggin

2

[ big-in ]

noun

  1. a coffeepot, usually silver, having a separate container in which the coffee is immersed while being boiled.

biggin

1

/ 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


biggin

2

/ ˈbɪɡən /

noun

  1. a construction, esp a house or cottage

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Word History and Origins

Origin of biggin1

1520–30; < Middle French beguin kind of hood or cap, originally one worn by a Beguine

Origin of biggin2

After Biggin, the name of its early 19th-century inventor

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Word History and Origins

Origin of biggin1

C16: from French béguin ; see beguine

Origin of biggin2

see big ²

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Example Sentences

Almost as doubtful are the theories which would make the 'old mill' at Newport a Norse 'biggin.'

The coffee biggin, said to have been invented by a Mr. Biggin, came into common use in England for making coffee about 1817.

Any coffee pot with such a bag fitted into its mouth came to be spoken of as a coffee biggin.

A favorite device is the earthenware jug with or without the cotton sack that makes it a coffee biggin.

The Triumph coffee filter was a cloth-bag device which made any coffee pot a biggin.

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