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Etymology 1[edit]

From French béguin. Compare beguine.


biggin (plural biggins)

  1. (archaic) A child's cap; (figuratively) childhood.
    • 1819: “my brain has been topsy-turvy, they say, ever since the biggin was bound first round my head; so turning me upside down may peradventure restore it again.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
    • Massinger
      An old woman's biggin for a nightcap.
  2. (historical) An official's hood or coif.
  3. Coffee pot that has separate areas for heating the coffee and water.
  4. A building; a bigging.

Etymology 2[edit]

From the inventor's surname.

Alternative forms[edit]


biggin (plural biggins)

  1. A coffee pot with a strainer or perforated metallic vessel for holding the ground coffee, through which boiling water is poured.