or dread·naught

[ dred-nawt ]
/ ˈdrɛdˌnɔt /


a type of battleship armed with heavy-caliber guns in turrets: so called from the British battleship Dreadnought, launched in 1906, the first of its type.
an outer garment of heavy woolen cloth.
a thick cloth with a long pile.


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Origin of dreadnought

First recorded in 1800–10; dread + nought
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British Dictionary definitions for dreadnaught



/ (ˈdrɛdˌnɔːt) /


a battleship armed with heavy guns of uniform calibre
an overcoat made of heavy cloth
slang a heavyweight boxer
a person who fears nothing
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