[brahy-doon, bri-]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bridoon

Historical Examples of bridoon

  • 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.

  • Double bridle: The reins of the curb-bit and bridoon, when both bits are placed together in the horse's mouth.

British Dictionary definitions for bridoon



a horse's bit: a small snaffle used in double bridles

Word Origin for bridoon

C18: from French bridon, from bride bridle; compare Middle English bride
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