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From Middle English breedthe, bredethe, alteration (due to nouns ending in -th: length, strength, wrength, etc.) of Middle English brede ("breadth"; see bread). Equivalent to broad +‎ -th. Cognate with Scots bredth (breadth), Saterland Frisian Bratte (breadth), West Frisian breedte (breadth), Dutch breedte (breadth), German Low German Breddte, Breddt (breadth), German Breite (breadth), Danish bredde (breadth).


  • IPA(key): /bɹɛdθ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛdθ


breadth (countable and uncountable, plural breadths)

  1. The extent or measure of how broad or wide something is.
  2. A piece of fabric of standard width.
  3. Scope or range, especially of knowledge or skill.
  4. (art) A style in painting in which details are strictly subordinated to the harmony of the whole composition.
  5. (graph theory) The length of the longest path between two vertices in a graph.


  • (extent or measure of how broad something is): width
  • (piece of fabric of standard width):
  • (scope or range): extent, range, scope, size

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