of or relating to Great Britain or its inhabitants.
used especially by natives or inhabitants of Great Britain: In this dictionary, “Brit.” is an abbreviation for “British usage.”
the people native to or inhabiting Great Britain.
the Celtic language of the ancient Britons.
- Brit·ish·ly, adverb
- Brit·ish·ness, noun
- anti-British, adjective, noun
- non-British, adjective
- pre-British, adjective
- pro-British, adjective
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How to use British in a sentence
It came to be known as the Carrington Event, named after British astronomer Richard Carrington, who witnessed intensely bright patches of light in the sky and recorded what he saw.Solar storms can wreak havoc. We need better space weather forecasts | Ramin Skibba | February 26, 2021 | Science News
Both clumsy plots inflamed British public opinion against the American cause.Mixing diplomacy and spying would be poor strategy for U.S. | Jeff Rogg | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
He supposes it’s because Americans just perceive British people that way.Anthony Hopkins is welcoming old age by embracing his inner child | Tim Greiving | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
The vaccine developed by Novavax was nearly 90 percent effective in a British trial, but that protection fell to about 50 percent in South Africa.FDA review confirms safety, efficacy of single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, especially against severe cases | Carolyn Y. Johnson, Laurie McGinley | February 24, 2021 | Washington Post
The British filmmaker Adam Curtis may work for the BBC, a bastion of the British elite, but over a decades-long career, he has cemented himself as a cult favorite.A Conversation with Filmmaker Adam Curtis on Power, Technology and How Ideas Get Into People's Heads | Billy Perrigo | February 23, 2021 | Time
Andrew still plans to fly to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum on January 21, representing the British government.
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
But I had won the British Award, Best Foreign Actor, so I went.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jourdan Dunn is the first sole black woman to feature on a British ‘Vogue’ cover in 12 years.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
When it was announced that Jourdan Dunn would be the first black model to cover British Vogue in twelve years it made me sad.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sweden excluded British goods, conformably to the continental system established by Bonaparte.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Behold a dumpy, comfortable British paterfamilias in a light flannel suit and a faded sun hat.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Many British Ferns evidence a marked tendency to “sport,” and this is a fact which the beginner should always bear in mind.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
The parliament house and library of the British provinces, at Montreal, burned by a mob.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Where the outside conditions are not very favourable, practically all the British species may be grown with ease under glass.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
British Dictionary definitions for British
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Britain or any of the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of the United Kingdom
relating to or denoting the ancient Britons
of or relating to the Commonwealth: British subjects
(functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Britain
the extinct Celtic language of the ancient Britons: See also Brythonic
- Britishness, noun
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