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

Word History


Brittany, region in France

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Brittany was in 1945

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Cite this Entry

“Brittany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Brit·​ta·​ny ˈbri-tə-nē How to pronounce Brittany (audio)
variants or French Bretagne
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

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