Breton, William an English writer of the 14th century, was born in Wales. He was educated a Franciscan at Grimsby, Lincolnshire; was a great scholar, a deep divine, and a writer of many books, both in prose and verse, of which his masterpiece was An Exposition of all the Hard Words of the Bible; and such was the reputation of the book that in the controversy. between Standish, bishop of St. Asaph, and Erasmus, the former appeals to Breton's book about the interpretation of a place in Scripture. Breton died at Grimsby in 1356. See Fuller, Worthies of' England (ed. Nuttall), 3:500.