Main definitions of biggin in English

: biggin1biggin2

biggin1

(also biggan)

noun

historical
rare
  • A cap, a hood, especially a nightcap (now historical and rare).

Origin

Early 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French beguin (French béguin) child's cap or coif, type of headgear, originally with allusion to the distinctive type of coif fastened beneath the chin worn by the Beguines, transferred use of beguin, masculine form corresponding to beguine.

Pronunciation

biggin

/ˈbɪɡɪn/

Main definitions of biggin in English

: biggin1biggin2

biggin2

noun

  • More fully coffee biggin. A type of coffee pot containing a strainer, through which coffee infuses without mixing with the water.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Caledonian Mercury. Apparently from the name of George Biggin (d. 1803), its inventor.

Pronunciation

biggin

/ˈbɪɡɪn/