Definitions for brittanyˈbrɪt n i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Brit•ta•nyˈbrɪt n i(n.)

  1. a historic region in NW France, on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay: a former duchy and province.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. a metropolitan region in NW France. 2,796,000; 10,505 sq. mi. (27,208 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: French, Bretagne.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bretagne, Brittany, Breiz(noun)

    a former province of northwestern France on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay

Wiktionary

  1. Brittany(ProperNoun)

    A region in North West France.

  2. Brittany(ProperNoun)

    popular in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s. By folk etymology sometimes taken to mean "Britain".

  3. Origin: From Brittania, Brittania Minor, presumably from Celtic. "Great Britain" was Brittania Major.

Freebase

  1. Brittany

    Brittany is a cultural region in the north-west of France. Previously a kingdom and then a duchy, Brittany was united to the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province. Brittany has also been referred to as Less, Lesser or Little Britain. Brittany is considered as one of the six Celtic nations. Brittany occupies the northwest peninsula of continental Europe in northwest France. It is bordered by the English Channel to the north, the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the south. Its land area is 34,023 km². The historical province of Brittany is divided into five departments: Finistère in the west, Côtes-d'Armor in the north, Ille-et-Vilaine in the north east, Loire-Atlantique in the south east and Morbihan in the south on the Bay of Biscay. In 1956, French regions were created by gathering departments among them. The Region of Brittany comprises, since then, four of the five Breton departments, while the remaining area of the old Brittany, the Loire-Atlantique department, around Nantes, forms part of the Pays de la Loire region. This territorial organisation is regularly contested. The Kingdom and the Duchy of Brittany, the province of Brittany, and the modern Region of Brittany cover the western part of Armorica, as it was known during the period of Roman occupation.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Brittany

    an old French prov., land of the Bretons, comprising the peninsula opposite Devon and Cornwall, stretching westward between the Bays of Cancale and Biscay, was in former times a duchy; a third of its inhabitants still retain their Breton language.

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