[ brit ]
/ brɪt /

noun, plural (especially collectively) britt, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) britts.

a turbot of northeastern Atlantic seas.

Nearby words

  1. britishism,
  2. britishly,
  3. briton,
  4. britpack,
  5. britpop,
  6. brittany,
  7. brittany blue,
  8. brittany spaniel,
  9. britten,
  10. brittle

Origin of britt

see origin at brit


or britt

[ brit ]
/ brɪt /


the group of small marine animals forming the food of whalebone whales.
the young of herring and sprat.

Origin of brit

1595–1605; perhaps < Cornish brȳthel mackerel; akin to Old Cornish brȳth, Welsh brith speckled Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for britt


/ (brɪt) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

the young of a herring, sprat, or similar fish
minute marine crustaceans, esp copepods, forming food for many fishes and whales

Word Origin for brit

C17: perhaps from Cornish brӯthel mackerel; see brill


/ (brɪt) /


informal a British person



abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for britt



U.S. colloquial shortening of Britisher or Briton, 1901, formerly (in common with Britisher) highly offensive to Englishmen traveling in the States, who regarded it as yet another instance of the "odious vulgarism" of the Americans, but Bret and Bryt were common Old English words for the (Celtic) Britons and survived until c.1300. In Old French, Bret as an adjective meant "British, Breton; cunning, crafty; simple-minded, stupid."

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