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[bri-tan-ee-uh, -tan-yuh] /brɪˈtæn i ə, -ˈtæn yə/
the ancient Roman name of the island of Great Britain, especially the S part where the early Roman provinces were.
the British Empire.
Chiefly Literary.
  1. Great Britain.
  2. the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
the figure of a seated woman with trident and helmet used as a symbolic representation of Great Britain and the British Empire. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Britannia is the humble, obedient servant of Papal Hibernia.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • On his selling the ‘John Bull,’ it became incorporated with the ‘Britannia.’

    A Walk from London to Fulham Thomas Crofton Croker
  • T was “Britannia” here, “Britannia” there, as in the merry days when we were young.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • What two ideas are more inseparable than Beer and Britannia?

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • We'll have Columbia and Britannia and all her colonies, in a sort of entente cordiale.

  • After that their daily Life revolved around the $2 bargain in Britannia.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • He was whistling cheerfully, not "Rule, Britannia," but a harmless Irish jig.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • And so, you see, Britannia Rules the Wave, and all that sort of thing.


    Julian Street
British Dictionary definitions for Britannia


a female warrior carrying a trident and wearing a helmet, personifying Great Britain or the British Empire
(in the ancient Roman Empire) the S part of Great Britain
short for Britannia coin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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