from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of coffee-pot containing a strainer for the infusion of the coffee, without allowing the grounds to mix with the infusion.
  • noun A small wooden vessel; a can.
  • noun . A child's cap.
  • noun 2. A nightcap.
  • noun . In England, the coif of a serjeant at law.
  • noun 4. A head-dress worn in the later middle ages, and throughout the seventeenth century, by both men and women. That worn by women was broad at the top, with projecting corners, like ears.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A child's cap; a hood, or something worn on the head.
  • noun obsolete A building.
  • noun A coffeepot with a strainer or perforated metallic vessel for holding the ground coffee, through which boiling water is poured; -- so called from Mr. Biggin, the inventor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic A child's cap; (figuratively) childhood.
  • noun historical An official's hood or coif.
  • noun Coffee pot that has separate areas for heating the coffee and water.
  • noun A building; a bigging.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a child's tight-fitting cap; often ties under the chin


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From French béguin. Compare beguine.



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  • A cap that ties under the chin, worn during the 16th and 17th centuries.

    November 14, 2007

  • Coffee pot with a separate container to hold the ground coffee - this sense of the word is etymologically derived from its inventor

    September 4, 2014

  • There once was a zealot named Wiggin

    Who practiced outlandish religion.

    Despite vulgar stares

    He said morning prayers

    Clad only in boots and a biggin.

    September 22, 2018