Brit·​ta·​ny | \ ˈbri-tə-nē How to pronounce Brittany (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Brittany spaniel
plural Brittanys also Brittanies or Brittany spaniels

Definition of Brittany

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a breed of medium-sized gundogs of French origin that resemble spaniels in appearance and have a smooth or slightly wavy coat of orange and white or liver and white somewhat fringed on the chest, forelegs, and thighs

Note: The Brittany originated in France most likely by breeding British pointers with spaniels of the former French province of Brittany to produce a bird dog with an action suggestive of a setter.


geographical name
Brit·​ta·​ny | \ ˈbri-tə-nē How to pronounce Brittany (audio) \
variants: or French Bretagne \ brə-​ˈtänʸ How to pronounce Brittany (audio) \

Definition of Brittany (Entry 2 of 2)

historic region and former province of northwestern France largely on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic with the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south

— see also breton

First Known Use of Brittany


1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Brittany


Brittany, region in France

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“Brittany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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