\ˈbrant \
plural brant or brants

Definition of brant 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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


biographical name
\ˈbrant \

Definition of Brant (Entry 2 of 3)

Joseph 1742–1807 Thayendanegea Mohawk Indian chief


geographical name
\ˈbrant \

Definition of Brant (Entry 3 of 3)

city in southeastern Ontario, Canada population 35,638

Examples of brant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge there was a brant, four least bitterns, a little blue heron, a glossy ibis, and five purple finches., "Bird sightings across the region," 7 July 2018 But during their journey York carried a gun and regularly managed to shoot buffalo, deer, geese and brant to feed the party. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian, "York Explored the West With Lewis and Clark, But His Freedom Wouldn’t Come Until Decades Later," 8 Mar. 2018 In spring and fall, nearly the entire global population of emperor and Pacific black brant geese consume the refuge's eelgrass. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, "Interior Department strikes deal with Alaska village for road through national wildlife refuge," 6 Jan. 2018 In spring and fall, nearly all of the world’s population of emperor and Pacific black brant geese stop to devour the refuge’s eelgrass beds for sustenance. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Interior looks at behind-the-scenes land swap to allow road through wilderness refuge," 15 Oct. 2017 But now the future of the brant that breed in the Y-K Delta is clouded. Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News, "A tale of two goose populations: Y-K Delta’s shrink, Arctic coast’s expands," 31 July 2017 Nearly every Pacific black brant in the world migrates through it. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Messing with Murkowski may not be illegal, but it sure wasn't very smart," 28 July 2017 The brant also is sometimes mistaken for the Canada goose. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Do Canada geese have wandering eyes?," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of brant


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Middle English brand gos

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