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  1. a region in NW France, on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay: a former duchy and province.
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French Bretagne.
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  • His thoughts turned to the American girl who had sketched with him in Brittany that Summer.

  • She could walk to Marlotte—and go off by train in the morning to Brittany—anywhere.

  • I visited nearly the whole of Brittany, but made my chief stay at Finistre.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And a promising beginning we have made in Brittany, as Heaven hears me!


    Rafael Sabatini

  • They are determined to conduct these States of Brittany in their own way.


    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for brittany


  1. a region of NW France, the peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay: settled by Celtic refugees from Wales and Cornwall during the Anglo-Saxon invasions; disputed between England and France until 1364Breton name: Breiz (braɪz) French name: Bretagne Related adjective: Breton
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noun plural -nies
  1. a medium-sized strongly-built variety of retriever with a slightly wavy coat usu. in tan and white, liver and white, or black and white
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Word Origin and History for brittany



French Bretagne, named for 5c. Romano-Celtic refugees from the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain who crossed the channel and settled there (see Britain). The Little Britain or Less Britain (lasse brutaine, c.1300) of old, contrasted with the Great Britain. As a name for girls (with various spellings), almost unknown in U.S. before 1970, then a top-10 name for babies born between 1986 and 1995.

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