- of or relating to Great Britain or its inhabitants.
- used especially by natives or inhabitants of Great Britain: In this dictionary, “Brit.” is an abbreviation for “British usage.”
- the people native to or inhabiting Great Britain.
- British English.
- the Celtic language of the ancient Britons.
Origin of British
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Examples from the Web for anti-british
It has long been feared that Obama had an anti-British streak running through him.
His beating up of BP has clinched his anti-British credentials on this side of the Atlantic.
That was how we described the most ribald outbursts of the anti-British sentiment.The Message
Alec John Dawson
As this was the first anti-British note that I had heard since my arrival, it interested me.My Impresssions of America
One might as well speak of being "anti-British and pro-English."Secret Societies And Subversive Movements
Nesta H. Webster
The best Nationalists were not anti-British, but simply pro-Egyptian.
There is no wish to claim superior virtue for America or to appeal to the strong current of anti-British sentiment.China, Japan and the U.S.A.
- opposed to anything characteristic of or relating to Britain
- relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Britain or any of the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of the United Kingdom
- relating to or denoting the English language as spoken and written in Britain, esp the S dialect generally regarded as standardSee also Southern British English, Received Pronunciation
- relating to or denoting the ancient Britons
- of or relating to the CommonwealthBritish subjects
- (functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Britain
- the extinct Celtic language of the ancient BritonsSee also Brythonic
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Word Origin and History for anti-british
Old English Bryttisc "of or relating to (ancient) Britons," from Bryttas "natives of ancient Britain" (see Briton). First modern record of British Isles is from 1620s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper