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[brit-n] /ˈbrɪt n/
a native or inhabitant of Great Britain, especially of England.
one of the Celtic people formerly occupying the southern part of the island of Britain.
Origin of Briton
1250-1300; < Medieval Latin Britōn- (stem of Britō); replacing Middle English Breton < Old French < Late Latin Brittōnēs Britons
Can be confused
Britain, Briton. Unabridged
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  • Monday, October 30th, 1899, is not a date which can be looked back to with satisfaction by any Briton.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Not at all; I think I could swallow a burly Briton or two, if the occasion required.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I therefore lay these facts before you, an Englishman, knowing that a Briton's generosity and capabilities are proverbially equal.

    The Royal Mail James Wilson Hyde
  • For instance, a Briton was of more value than a man, and wives than women.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • The Briton would not give the Saxon the salutation or the kiss of peace.

British Dictionary definitions for Briton


a native or inhabitant of Britain
a citizen of the United Kingdom
(history) any of the early Celtic inhabitants of S Britain who were largely dispossessed by the Anglo-Saxon invaders after the 5th century ad
Word Origin
C13: from Old French Breton, from Latin Britto, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for Briton

Anglo-French Bretun, from Latin Brittonem (nominative Britto, misspelled Brito in MSS) "a member of the tribe of the Britons," from *Britt-os, the Celtic name of the Celtic inhabitants of Britain and southern Scotland before the 5c. Anglo-Saxon invasion drove them into Wales, Cornwall, and a few other corners. In 4c. B.C.E. Greek they are recorded as Prittanoi, which is said to mean "tattooed people." Exclusively in historical use after Old English period; revived when James I was proclaimed King of Great Britain in 1604, and made official at the union of England and Scotland in 1707.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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