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British definition

Overview

This page has 11 definitions of British in English. British is a proper noun and adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: british

English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old English Bryttisċ (Britons).[1] The spelling with single -t- appears in the 13th century under the influence of Medieval Latin Britannicus, but spelling with -tt- persists alongside -t- during the 13th to 17th centuries.

In reference to the island of Great Britain from ca. 1400 (Latin natio Anglica sive Britannica, Brittisshe occean 1398, the Britishe nacion 1548). As a noun, referring to the British people, British soldiers, etc. from ca. 1600.

Pronunciation

Proper noun

British

  1. (with article, collective) The residents or inhabitants of Great Britain.
  2. (with article, collective) The citizens or inhabitants of the United Kingdom.
  3. (historical) The ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain before the Anglo-Saxon invasion.
    Synonym: Britons
  4. The Celtic language of the ancient Britons; Common Brittonic.
  5. (chiefly US) The British English language.

Translations

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Adjective

British (comparative more British, superlative most British)

  1. Of Britain.
  2. Of the United Kingdom.
  3. Of the Commonwealth of Nations, or the British Empire.
  4. (historical) Of the ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain; Brythonic.
  5. (historical) Of the British Isles.
  6. Of British English.

Derived terms

Translations

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References

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “British”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.