brit

or britt

[ brit ]
/ brɪt /

noun

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

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Origin of brit

1595–1605; perhaps < Cornish brȳthel mackerel; akin to Old Cornish brȳth, Welsh brith speckled

Definition for brit (2 of 4)

Brit
[ brit ]
/ brɪt /

noun Informal.

Origin of Brit

First recorded in 1900–05; by shortening

Definition for brit (3 of 4)

Brith

or Berith, Brit, Bris

[ Sephardic Hebrew breet; Ashkenazic Hebrew bris; English bris, brit ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew brit; Ashkenazic Hebrew brɪs; English brɪs, brɪt /

noun Hebrew.

the Jewish rite of circumcising a male child eight days after his birth.
Compare Brith Milah.

Origin of Brith

bərīth literally, covenant

Definition for brit (4 of 4)

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British Dictionary definitions for brit (1 of 4)

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 4)

Brit1
/ (brɪt) /

noun

informal a British person

British Dictionary definitions for brit (3 of 4)

Brit2

abbreviation for

Britain
British

British Dictionary definitions for brit (4 of 4)

brith
/ (brit) /

noun

a variant of bris
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