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Briton

[ brit-n ]

noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Great Britain, especially of England.
  2. one of the Celtic people formerly occupying the southern part of the island of Britain.


Briton

/ ˈbrɪtən /

noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Britain
  2. a citizen of the United Kingdom
  3. history any of the early Celtic inhabitants of S Britain who were largely dispossessed by the Anglo-Saxon invaders after the 5th century ad


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Briton1

1250–1300; < Medieval Latin Britōn- (stem of Britō ); replacing Middle English Breton < Old French < Late Latin Brittōnēs Britons

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Briton1

C13: from Old French Breton , from Latin Britto , of Celtic origin

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Example Sentences

He was a Briton who’d lived since 1996 in Japan, working as a flight attendant on international flights.

From Quartz

Akiyama was sent as a promotional stunt for his television station, while Sharman was sponsored by a consortium of British companies seeking to put the first Briton in space.

From Time

On board were 149 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one Singaporean, a Malaysian, and one Briton, the airline said.

Abdullah Deghayes, an 18-year-old Briton whose uncle reportedly was a detainee at Guantanamo, died fighting in Syria on Monday.

She was also a patriot, a Briton, and a wife, excelling at the arts that each of those categories demand of a person.

Just before storming the complex the militants ambushed nearby a bus carrying employees and killed a Briton and an Algerian.

He then saw 7-year old Zainab al-Hilli [lying in the recovery position] yards from the car, where the Briton had placed her.

From that hour dated a new and sterner conception of the task that lay before him and every other Briton in the country.

You see it for yourself, no Englishman ever shall suspect me, when we shall converse, of being other than a Briton.

The Briton, holding the documents in a pudgy hand, looked at the swift-gestured director with portentous solemnity.

No Briton rejoiced more sincerely than this provincial American in the extension of the Empire.

I repented directly the false step was taken, but, like a true Briton, I was too proud to go back.

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