plural brant or brants
: a small goose (Branta bernicla) about the size of a mallard having a black head, neck, and chest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Read full article Berkshire County: An out-of-season brant at Lake Pontoosuc in Pittsfield, three sandhill cranes in New Marlborough, and five red crossbills at Mount Greylock., 2 July 2022 Izembek Lagoon holds one of the world’s largest beds of eelgrass, a rich food source for Pacific brant geese, endangered Steller’s eider sea ducks and other migratory birds. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 Dufour said the eelgrass nourishes many seabirds, including the Pacific black brant, on their journey from the Arctic to Baja California. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Mar. 2022 Read full article Berkshire County: The area has been hosting a brant at Mt. Williams Reservoir in North Adams, a dickcissel in Williamstown, and a Barrow’s goldeneye and an osprey at Richmond Pond in Richmond., 13 Nov. 2021 The survey extends into the waters off San Diego’s coastline where teams spotted an abundance of surf scoter sea ducks and black brant geese, as is often case. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021 Hampshire County: Some notable sightings were a Connecticut warbler in Northampton, a green heron, a Tennessee warbler and a dickcissel in Hadley, and a brant and a white-winged crossbill at the Quabbin headquarters in Belchertown., 23 Oct. 2021 Cape Cod: Highlights included a continuing summering brant and a little blue heron at Forest Beach in Chatham., 7 Aug. 2021 On Cape Cod, highlights included a summering brant and a little blue heron at Forest Beach in Chatham, a black skimmer in Dennis, and an American golden-plover and a seaside sparrow at Nauset Marsh in Eastham., 31 July 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English brand gos

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

city in southeastern Ontario, Canada population 35,638

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Joseph 1742–1807 Thayendanegea Mohawk Indian chief

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