[ bri-tan-ee-uh, -tan-yuh ]

  1. the ancient Roman name of the island of Great Britain, especially the S part where the early Roman provinces were.

  2. the British Empire.

  1. Chiefly Literary.

    • Great Britain.

    • the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

  2. the figure of a seated woman with trident and helmet used as a symbolic representation of Great Britain and the British Empire.

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

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/ (brɪˈtænɪə) /

  1. a female warrior carrying a trident and wearing a helmet, personifying Great Britain or the British Empire

  2. (in the ancient Roman Empire) the S part of Great Britain

  1. short for Britannia coin

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