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English form of the Irish saints' name Brighid, Brigid.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
      [] and when Mistress Bridget lost the handle of her fan, I took't upon mine honour thou hadst it not.
    • 2000 David Pierce: Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader. Cork University Press. ISBN 1859182585 pages 8-9:
      Of all the beautiful Christian names of women which were in use a century or two ago Brighid (Breed), under the ugly form of Bridget, or still worse, Biddy, and Eiblin under the form of Eveleen, and perhaps Norah, seem to be the only survivals, and they are becoming rarer.



Bridget (plural Bridgets)

  1. (US, dated) An Irish housemaid.