bridel

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English brīdel, from Proto-Germanic *brigdilaz; equivalent to breiden +‎ -el.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bridel (plural bridels)

  1. The bridle; the set of headwear for directing a horse.
  2. The reins; the piece of headwear used to direct a horse.
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Psalm 32:9”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      Nile ye be maad as an hors and mule; to whiche is noon vndurstondyng. Lord, constreyne thou the chekis of hem with a bernacle and bridil; that neiȝen not to thee.
      Don't behave like a horse or mule, who don't understand anything. Lord, you constrain the cheeks of them with a bit and a bridle, or they won't go to you.
  3. The bit; a mouthpiece for a horse that is attached to the reins.
  4. (figuratively) Supervision, monitoring, constraint, direction.
  5. (figuratively) Something that constrains or directs; a guideline.
  6. (rare) A strip or band of fabric.

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: bridle
  • Scots: bridle, bridil, brydill

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *brigdilaz

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

brīdel m

  1. bridle