- 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 british
Andrew still plans to fly to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum on January 21, representing the British government.
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
But I had won the British Award, Best Foreign Actor, so I went.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
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Jourdan Dunn is the first sole black woman to feature on a British ‘Vogue’ cover in 12 years.
When it was announced that Jourdan Dunn would be the first black model to cover British Vogue in twelve years it made me sad.
What, then, must be the population of the British empire if the increase in one city was at that rate?Explorations in Australia
Our nation is in number more than half that of the British Isles.
But the British government objected to the separation and their union with Greece.The Grand Old Man
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It appears Balfour was the civilian of the British while here in power.
At the bridge they met the British infantry, who gave them a volley.
- 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 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