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United Kingdom

a kingdom in NW Europe, consisting of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: formerly comprising Great Britain and Ireland 1801–1922. 94,242 sq. mi. (244,100 sq. km).
Capital: London.
Abbreviation: U.K.
Official name United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That's the only place in the United Kingdom for your long-lost sons.

    To-morrow Joseph Conrad
  • Taken all round, it is the most marvellous tail in the United Kingdom.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • We are thinking of the whole United Kingdom, and many of us are Federalists.

    Home Rule Harold Spender
  • About 50,000 illegitimate children are born yearly in the United Kingdom.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Indeed I may say there is hardly a better place of concealment in the United Kingdom.

British Dictionary definitions for United Kingdom

United Kingdom

a kingdom of NW Europe, consisting chiefly of the island of Great Britain together with Northern Ireland: became the world's leading colonial power in the 18th century; the first country to undergo the Industrial Revolution. It became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1921, after the rest of Ireland became autonomous as the Irish Free State. Primarily it is a trading nation, the chief exports being manufactured goods; joined the Common Market (now the European Union) in January 1973. Official language: English; Gaelic, Welsh, and other minority languages. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: pound sterling. Capital: London. Pop: 63 395 574 (2013 est). Area: 244 110 sq km (94 251 sq miles) UK See also Great Britain
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Word Origin and History for United Kingdom

attested from 1737.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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United Kingdom in Culture

United Kingdom definition

Part of the official name of the British nation; the full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It includes England, Scotland, Wales, and six counties of Ireland, ruled by the king or queen of England, and represented in the nation's parliament.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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