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[brit-n] /ˈbrɪt n/
Britannia (def 1).
Can be confused
Britain, Briton. Unabridged
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  • The treaty of Utrecht secured to Britain a monopoly of that traffick.

    A Defence of Virginia Robert L. Dabney
  • And shall not Britain now reward his toils, Britain, that pays her patriots with her spoils?

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • This country must do all it can to support the arms of Britain.

  • The men and women of Britain were thinking, not about what they should say, but about what they should do.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • We all know—every one in Britain knows—that you are a special channel for the operations of the Holy Ghost in our land.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for Britain


another name for Great Britain, United Kingdom
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Word Origin and History for Britain

c.1300, Breteyne, from Old French Bretaigne, from Latin Britannia, earlier Brittania, from Brittani "the Britons" (see Briton). The Old English place-name Brytenlond meant "Wales." If there was a Celtic name for the island, it has not been recorded.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Britain in Culture

Britain definition

Officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, located on the British Isles off the western coast of the mainland (continent) of Europe. It comprises England, Wales, and Scotland on the island of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland. Its capital and largest city is London.

Note: Britain declared war on Germany in 1939. Allied with the United States and the Soviet Union, the British, under the leadership of Winston Churchill, played an important role in defeating Germany.
Note: Most of the settlers of the American colonies were British. The colonies remained under the British crown until the American Revolutionary War.
Note: It is one of the world's leading industrialized nations.
Note: A constitutional monarchy, Britain's government calls for the hereditary king or queen to perform mostly ceremonial functions. Parliament governs the country.
Note: At the height of its imperial power in the late nineteenth century, Britain boasted colonies and possessions around the globe. (See British Empire.)
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