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[big-in] /ˈbɪg ɪn/
noun, Archaic.
a close-fitting cap worn especially by children in the 16th and 17th centuries.
a soft cap worn while sleeping; nightcap.
Origin of biggin1
1520-30; < Middle French beguin kind of hood or cap, orig. one worn by a Beguine


[big-in] /ˈbɪg ɪn/
a coffeepot, usually silver, having a separate container in which the coffee is immersed while being boiled.
after Biggin, the name of its early 19th-century inventor Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for biggin
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  • Hardly second in merit to this method is the use of the French "biggin" or "grecque."

    Six Cups of Coffee Maria Parloa
  • Mither, mither, I'm biggin' a bonny hoose for ye to leeve in!

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • Did you always make coffee with a biggin in France, Mrs. Pasmer?

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • Almost as doubtful are the theories which would make the 'old mill' at Newport a Norse 'biggin.'

  • biggin held his peace until they were safe from immediate danger of pursuit.

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • Nor long before he doubled the coffee in the strainer of the biggin, and shouted Corker!

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • biggin Creek is one of many streams which empty into Cooper river.

    The Life of Francis Marion William Gilmore Simms
  • Put the biggin in a pan with a little boiling water, and place it on the stove.

    Six Cups of Coffee Maria Parloa
  • But it is best to have a biggin in the form of an urn, in which the coffee can both be made and brought to table.

  • The coffee biggin, said to have been invented by a Mr. biggin, came into common use in England for making coffee about 1817.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for biggin


a plain close-fitting cap, often tying under the chin, worn in the Middle Ages and by children in the 17th century
Word Origin
C16: from French béguin; see beguine


(Scot) a construction, esp a house or cottage
Word Origin
see big²
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