Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dog of a large breed developed in medieval France for herding and guarding, having a long coarse coat that is black, gray, or tawny.

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

  • noun an old French breed of large strong usually black dogs having a long tail and long wavy and slightly stiff coat.

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  • noun An ancient French breed of sturdy, rough-coated dogs.

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

  • noun old French breed of large strong usually black dogs having a long tail and long wavy and slightly stiff coat

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Brie, a region of northern France.]

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French briard

Examples

  • More Briard puppy updates at thecoughlin, under her briard puppies tag.

    "suicide contagion."

  • Delighting Wes and Maggie, they also brought with them a long-haired tawny puppy, a briard named Raye.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Boling lounged back in a deep armchair, joined by Raye the briard.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Boling lounged back in a deep armchair, joined by Raye the briard.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Delighting Wes and Maggie, they also brought with them a long-haired tawny puppy, a briard named Raye.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Boling lounged back in a deep armchair, joined by Raye the briard.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Delighting Wes and Maggie, they also brought with them a long-haired tawny puppy, a briard named Raye.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Delighting Wes and Maggie, they also brought with them a long-haired tawny puppy, a briard named Raye.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Boling lounged back in a deep armchair, joined by Raye the briard.

    Roadside Crosses

  • Boling lounged back in a deep armchair, joined by Raye the briard.

    Roadside Crosses

Comments

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  • Dog breed popularized after the Paris dog show of 1863, though Charlemagne is said to have owned several (?!). According to Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs, 1980.

    Also, just a damn fine word.

    February 21, 2007