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


the ancient Roman name of the island of Great Britain, especially the S part where the early Roman provinces were.
the British Empire.
Chiefly Literary.
  1. Great Britain.
  2. the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
the figure of a seated woman with trident and helmet used as a symbolic representation of Great Britain and the British Empire. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for britannia

Albion, Blighty, Britain, Britannia, England, UK

Examples from the Web for britannia

Contemporary Examples of britannia

Historical Examples of britannia

  • Britannia is the humble, obedient servant of Papal Hibernia.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • On his selling the ‘John Bull,’ it became incorporated with the ‘Britannia.’

    A Walk from London to Fulham

    Thomas Crofton Croker

  • T was “Britannia” here, “Britannia” there, as in the merry days when we were young.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • What two ideas are more inseparable than Beer and Britannia?

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • We'll have Columbia and Britannia and all her colonies, in a sort of entente cordiale.

British Dictionary definitions for britannia



a female warrior carrying a trident and wearing a helmet, personifying Great Britain or the British Empire
(in the ancient Roman Empire) the S part of Great Britain
short for Britannia coin
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