The island of Great Britain during pre-Roman, Roman, and early Anglo-Saxon times before the reign of Alfred the Great (871–899). The name is derived from Britannia, which the Romans used for the portion of the island that they occupied.
Old English Breoton, Bryten etc., from LatinBritannia; later reinforced by Anglo-NormanBritaine, Old French Bretaigne, from LatinBrittannia, variant of Britannia, from Britannī (see Etymology 2, below).
From LatinBritannus (adjective and noun, plural Britannī), apparently from Brythonic (compare Old Welsh Priten).
Britain Sentence Examples
This was fine with Great Britain but not with Maine.
By the end of the month, Japan, bound by treaty with Great Britain, declared war on Germany.
The government of the world I live in was not framed, like that of Britain, in after-dinner conversations over the wine.
In 1890 appeared The Development of Theology since Kant, and its Progress in Great Britain since 1825, which was written for publication in England.
Prehistoric tumuli are found abundantly in almost all parts of Europe and Asia from Britain to Japan.