Definition of breech noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//briːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//briːtʃ//
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the part of a gun at the back where the bullets are loaded Word OriginOld English brēc (plural of brōc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch broek), interpreted as a singular form. The original sense was ‘garment covering the loins and thighs’ (compare with breeches), hence ‘the buttocks’, later ‘the hind part’ of anything.
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