- an island of NW Europe, separated from the mainland by the English Channel and the North Sea: since 1707 the name has applied politically to England, Scotland, and Wales. 88,139 sq. mi. (228,280 sq. km).
Compare United Kingdom.
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Examples from the Web for great britain
Sure you would not go to dispute by arms with Great-Britain.The Fall of British Tyranny
The king of Great-Britain has the same power, but seldom exercises it.
It is for the interest of Great-Britain that her Colonies be ever thus distinguished.Novanglus, and Massachusettensis
The parliament unquestionably possesses a legal authority to regulate the trade of Great-Britain, and all its colonies.
The people of Great-Britain in support of their privileges, boast much of their antiquity.
- England, Wales, and Scotland including those adjacent islands governed from the mainland (i.e. excluding the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). The United Kingdom of Great Britain was formed by the Act of Union (1707), although the term Great Britain had been in use since 1603, when James VI of Scotland became James I of England (including Wales). Later unions created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1922). Pop: 57 851 100 (2003 est). Area: 229 523 sq km (88 619 sq miles)See also United Kingdom
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Word Origin and History for great britain
c.1400, Grete Britaigne. As opposed to Brittany.
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