British Definition

brĭtĭsh
adjective
Of Great Britain or its people, language, or culture.
Webster's New World
Of the ancient Britons.
Webster's New World
Of the Commonwealth.
Webster's New World
noun
Webster's New World
The people of Great Britain.
American Heritage
The language of the ancient Britons.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
britsBritish people
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pronoun
The British English language.
Wiktionary

With the, the citizens or inhabitants of Britain collectively.

Wiktionary

The Celtic language of the ancient Britons.

Wiktionary
With the, the citizens or inhabitants of the United Kingdom collectively.
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to British

  • the British

Origin of British

  • In Old English as Bryttisc (“Britons”) . The spelling with single -t- appears in the 13th century under the influence of Latin Britannia, but spelling with -tt- persists alongside -t- during the 13th to 17th centuries.

    From Wiktionary

  • In reference to the island of Great Britain from ca. 1400 (Latin natio Anglica sive Britannica, Brittisshe occean 1398, the Britishe nacion 1548). As a noun, referring to the British people, British soldiers, etc. from ca. 1600.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English Brittish from Old English Bryttisc relating to the ancient Britons from Bryttas Britons of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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