brit

or britt

[ brit ]
/ brɪt /

noun

the group of small marine animals forming the food of baleen whales.
the young of herring and sprat.

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Origin of brit

First recorded in 1595–1605; perhaps from Cornish brȳthel “mackerel”; akin to Old Cornish brȳth, Welsh brith “speckled”

Definition for brit (2 of 3)

Brit
[ brit ]
/ brɪt /

noun Informal.

Origin of Brit

First recorded in 1900–05; by shortening

Definition for brit (3 of 3)

Brit.

Britain.
British.
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British Dictionary definitions for brit (1 of 3)

brit
/ (brɪt) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

the young of a herring, sprat, or similar fish
minute marine crustaceans, esp copepods, forming food for many fishes and whales

Word Origin for brit

C17: perhaps from Cornish brӯthel mackerel; see brill

British Dictionary definitions for brit (2 of 3)

Brit1
/ (brɪt) /

noun

informal a British person

British Dictionary definitions for brit (3 of 3)

Brit2

abbreviation for

Britain
British
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