from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A child's cap; a hood, or something worn on the head.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A building.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. . A child's cap.
  • n. 2. A nightcap.
  • n. . In England, the coif of a serjeant at law.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A small wooden vessel; a can.
  • n. A kind of coffee-pot containing a strainer for the infusion of the coffee, without allowing the grounds to mix with the infusion.

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

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


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From French béguin. Compare beguine.



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  • 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

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

    November 14, 2007