[ breg-zit, brek-sit ]

  1. the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from membership in the European Union.

  2. the nonbinding national referendum in 2016 that resulted in a vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Origin of Brexit

First recorded in 2012; (originally also spelled Brixit, referencing Britain's possible withdrawal); Br(itain) or Br(itish) + exit1; probably patterned on Grexit, which dates from earlier that year

Words Nearby Brexit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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