United Kingdom definition by Webster's New World
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- country in W Europe, consisting of Great Britain & Northern Ireland: 93,636 sq mi (242,516 sq km); pop. 55,734,000; cap. London
- country (1801-1921) consisting of Great Britain & Ireland
United Kingdom definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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or United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Commonly called Great Britain or Britain. Abbr. UK
A country of western Europe comprising England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Beginning with the kingdom of England, it was created by three acts of union: with Wales (1536), Scotland (1707), and Ireland (1800). At the height of its power in the 19th century it ruled an empire that spanned the globe. London is the capital and the largest city. Population: 60,800,000.