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[ brit-n ]


/ ˈbrɪtən /


  1. another name for Great Britain United Kingdom
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  1. Officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , located on the British Isles off the western coast of the mainland ( continent ) of Europe . It comprises England , Wales , and Scotland on the island of Great Britain , and Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland . Its capital and largest city is London .

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It is one of the world's leading industrialized nations.
Most of the settlers of the American colonies were British. The colonies remained under the British crown until the American Revolutionary War .
Britain declared war on Germany in 1939. Allied with the United States and the Soviet Union , the British, under the leadership of Winston Churchill , played an important role in defeating Germany.
At the height of its imperial power in the late nineteenth century, Britain boasted colonies and possessions around the globe. ( See British Empire .)
A constitutional monarchy , Britain's government calls for the hereditary king or queen to perform mostly ceremonial functions. Parliament governs the country.
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Naked Wines, established in Britain in 2008 and launched in the United States in 2013, has an innovative model similar to crowdfunding.

In the 19th century, however, Iran had the misfortune of being a pawn in the Great Game as Russia and Britain eyed its oil and warm-water ports.

During the Revolutionary War, the committee sent diplomat-spies to Paris to negotiate an alliance with France and conduct intelligence operations against Britain.

The ruling could have major implications for the gig economy in Britain writ large.

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The campus is also dealing with a variant of the virus first identified in Britain, but officials have not yet said how many cases are tied to the new strain.

A spokesman for Lewisham council said last year that it would be forced to act if the family returned to Britain.

He cited Britain, the United States, and France as possible lenders.

It dates to 1740s Britain and of course was written originally in Latin (“Adeste Fideles”).

Although a hit in Britain, the movie flopped after opening at Radio City in New York.

Isaacs grew up in Britain, first Liverpool, then London, during a period of economic turmoil and conservative revival.

Hence it was that he found in Great Britain an implacable enemy ever stirring up against him European coalitions.

Truly the flag of Britain was trailing in the mire, or these men would not have dared to address him in that fashion.

As regards Great Britain, the gold standard is yet preserved for all practical purposes.

Spencer Perceval, prime minister of Great Britain, shot in the lobby of the house of commons.

Great Britain is full of wealth, not entirely but mainly because her people are constantly producing.





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