or dread·naught



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.

Nearby words

  1. dread,
  2. dreaded,
  3. dreadful,
  4. dreadfully,
  5. dreadlocks,
  6. dreads,
  7. dream,
  8. dream act,
  9. dream analysis,
  10. dream book

Origin of dreadnought

First recorded in 1800–10; dread + nought

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British Dictionary definitions for dreadnaught




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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Word Origin and History for dreadnaught



"battleship," literally "fearing nothing," from dread (v.) + nought (n.). Mentioned as the name of a ship in the Royal Navy c.1596, but modern sense is from the name of the first of a new class of British battleships mainly armed with big guns of one caliber, launched Feb. 18, 1906.

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