noun, plural brants, (especially collectively) brant.

any of several species of small, dark-colored geese of the genus Branta, especially B. bernicla, breeding in high northern latitudes and migrating south in the autumn.

Origin of brant

1535–45; short for brantgoose, brentgoose; akin to Old Norse brandgās, German Brandgans
Also called brant goose; especially British, brent, brent goose.




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a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of brant

  • He secured a berth on the Geranium, sailing from Liverpool, and cabled Brant to that effect.

  • Brant, however, kept apologising for the spread as he went along.

  • Although Buel kept up his end of the conversation with Brant, his mind was not on it.

  • I can think of nothing to fill my time with, and I find the Life of Brant.

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Governor Berkeley named also brant, shell drake, teal, and blewings.

British Dictionary definitions for brant


noun plural brants or brant

US and Canadian a small goose, Branta bernicla, that has a dark grey plumage and short neck and occurs in most northern coastal regionsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): brent goose
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