Great-britain meaning

An island off the western coast of Europe comprising England, Scotland, and Wales, and constituting the largest part of the United Kingdom. It is separated from the mainland by the English Channel and from Ireland by the Irish Sea.
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Principal island of the United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, & Wales, & administratively including adjacent islands except the Isle of Man & the Channel Islands.
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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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The island (sometimes including some of the surrounding smaller islands) off the north-west coast of Europe made up of England, Scotland and Wales.
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(historical) Shortened form of United Kingdom of Great Britain (1707-1801) Abbreviation: GB.
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(historical or loosely) The UK.
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Origin of great-britain

  • 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 James VI and I in 1604 proclaimed himself "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland".

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