dreadnought

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English[edit]

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Named after HMS Dreadnought, the first battleship finished of this type, from dread +‎ nought, i.e. fearing nothing.

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dreadnought (plural dreadnoughts)

  1. a battleship, especially of the World War I era, in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber.
  2. (informal) a type of warship heavier in armour or armament than a typical battleship
  3. One that is the largest or the most powerful of its kind.
  4. A garment made of thick woollen cloth that can defend against storm and cold.
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, chapter 7, in Bleak House:
      "Much obliged to you, ma'am!" says Mr. Guppy, divesting himself of his wet dreadnought in the hall.
  5. The cloth itself; fearnaught.
  6. A person who fears nothing.
  7. Something that assures against fear.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

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dreadnought m (plural dreadnoughts)

  1. dreadnought (battleship in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber)

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English dreadnought.

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dreadnought f (invariable)

  1. dreadnought (battleship in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber)

References[edit]

  • dreadnought in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana