Brit·​ta·​ny | \ ˈbri-tə-nē \
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 \
variants: or French Bretagne \ brə-​ˈtänʸ \

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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