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Britain

Definition:

a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

Class:

location noun (spatial position)

Related to:

Britannic

Member of:

European Union

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Great Britain | United Kingdom | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Blighty [slang, used by British troops serving abroad] | U.K. [acronym] | UK [acronym]

Etymology:

Old English Breoton, from Latin Brittones "Britons", superseded in Middle...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

New World Dictionary:

Great Britain | Gr Brit [abbreviation] | Gt Brit [abbreviation]

principal island of the United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, & ... | [popularly] the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (21 of 36 words, 2 definitions, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/great-britain

Collins Dictionary:

Britain | Great Britain, United Kingdom

another name for "Great Britain, United Kingdom" (7 of 461 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/britain

Wikipedia:

Britain [disambiguation]

may refer to: The United Kingdom, a sovereign state in western Europe The Kingdom of Great Britain, a sovereign state from 1707 to 1801 | The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, a sovereign state from 1801 to 1922 | Great Britain, the largest ... (43 of 384 words, 30 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Britain

Wiktionary:

Britain | Britains [plural] | Brittany [synonym, sense-specific] | Briton [synonym, sense-specific] | British [synonym, sense-specific]

The island of Great Britain, consisting of England, Scotland and Wales. | [historical] Brittany. | [historical] The United Kingdom; the British state and its dominions and holdings; the British Empire. | "Britains": The British Empire. | [rare, ... (33 of 109 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Britain

Oxford Dictionary:

Britain

the island containing England, Wales, and Scotland. The name is broadly ... | See also "Great Britain", "United Kingdom". (18 of 105 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Britain

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Britain

alternate term for Great Britain, comprised of England, Scotland, and Wales. Often used synonymously with the United Kingdom, the name Britain is ... (22 of 99 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/world​/A​0808973​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

Britain | Br. [abbreviation, sense-specific] | Brit. [abbreviation, sense-specific]

The island of Great Britain during pre-Roman, Roman, and early Anglo-Saxon ... | See United Kingdom. (15 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/britain

Britannica Encyclopedia:

Great Britain [island, Europe] | Britain

island lying off the western coast of Europe and consisting of England, Scotland, and Wales. The term is often used as a synonym for the United ... (26 of 43 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/243007​/Great-Britain

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Britain

England, Scotland, and Wales (4 of 31 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Britain

Merriam-Webster:

Britain | Britannia [Latin, sense-specific] | United Kingdom [synonym, sense-specific] | Commonwealth of Nations [synonym, sense-specific]

the island of Great Britain | "United Kingdom" | "Commonwealth of Nations" (10 of 23 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/britain

Random House Dictionary:

Britain | Great Britain [sense-specific] | Britannia [synonym, definition 1, sense-specific]

"Great Britain" | Britannia (definition 1) (5 of 13 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/britain

Cambridge Dictionary:

Britain

England, Scotland and Wales (4 of 9 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/britain

Encarta Dictionary:

Britain

island in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Europe, including England, Scotland, and Wales. | See Great Britain (19 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592768​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

Britain

Origin: Old English Breoton, from Latin Brittones "Britons", superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French Bretaigne (from Latin ... (19 of 47 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Britain

Wiktionary:

Britain | Britains [plural]

Origin: Old English Breoton, Bryten et al., from Latin Britannia; later reinforced by Anglo-Norman ... | Latin Britannus (adjective and noun, plural Britannī), apparently from Brythonic (compare Old Welsh Priten). (28 of 43 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Britain

Great Britain

Origin: Of the island of Great Britain, to disambiguate from Britain 'Brittany'. In Middle English (late 13th century) as Bretaygne the Grete, imitating Anglo-Norman la Grande Brettayne and 12th-century Latin maior Britannia. King ... (32 of 47 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Great Britain

Online Etymology:

Britain

First use: about 1300

Origin: Breteyne, from Old French Bretaigne, from Latin Britannia, earlier Brittania, from Brittani "the Britons". The Old ... (18 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=britain

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Britain

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Britain"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/britain

Macmillan British Dictionary:

Britain

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Britain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Britain

Great Britain

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Great Britain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/Great-Britain

Macmillan American Dictionary:

Britain

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Britain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/Britain

Great Britain

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Great Britain"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/Great-Britain

Cambridge Dictionary:

Britain

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "Britain"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "Britain"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/britain

Great Britain

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "Great Britain"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "Great Britain"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/great-britain

the Free Dictionary:

Britain

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Britain"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Britain"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Britain" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Britain

Google Dictionary:

Britain

Audio: English pronunciation of "Britain"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=Britain

Great Britain

Audio: English pronunciation of "Great Britain"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=Great Britain

YourDictionary Audio:

Britain

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Britain" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/britain

Great Britain

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Great Britain" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/great-britain

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Great Britain

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Great Britain"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ggbrit​01 word=Great Britain

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