British

[ brit-ish ]
/ ˈbrɪt ɪʃ /

adjective

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.”

noun

the people native to or inhabiting Great Britain.
the Celtic language of the ancient Britons.

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Origin of British

before 900; Middle English Brittische,Old English Bryttisc, equivalent to Brytt(as) Britons + -isc--ish1; see Briton

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British Dictionary definitions for British

British
/ (ˈbrɪtɪʃ) /

adjective

relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Britain or any of the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of the United Kingdom
relating to or denoting the English language as spoken and written in Britain, esp the S dialect generally regarded as standardSee also Southern British English, Received Pronunciation
relating to or denoting the ancient Britons
of or relating to the CommonwealthBritish subjects

noun

(functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Britain
the extinct Celtic language of the ancient BritonsSee also Brythonic

Derived forms of British

Britishness, noun
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