Definition of bridoon in English:


(also bradoon)


  • A snaffle bit which is frequently used in conjunction with a curb bit in a double bridle.

    • ‘All bridoon bits shown above are permitted either as a snaffle or as part of a double bridle.’
    • ‘The bridoon and curb should visually look good in the horse's mouth; then it usually also feels good.’
    • ‘There are several patents which disclose loose jointed bridle bits and bridoons of various constructions.’
    • ‘We could have gone to a double bridle, bit and bradoon.’
    • ‘Used with either a French link or jointed bradoon, this is considered to be the gentlest of curb bits.’


Mid 18th century: from French bridon, from bride ‘bridle’, of Germanic origin.