British

British

[brit-ish]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Great Britain or its inhabitants.
2.
used especially by natives or inhabitants of Great Britain: In this dictionary, “Brit.” is an abbreviation for “British usage.”
noun
3.
the people native to or inhabiting Great Britain.
5.
the Celtic language of the ancient Britons.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English Brittische, Old English Bryttisc, equivalent to Brytt(as) Britons + -isc- -ish1; see Briton

Britishly, adverb
Britishness, noun
anti-British, adjective, noun
non-British, adjective
pre-British, adjective
pro-British, adjective
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British (ˈbrɪtɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Britain or any of the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of the United Kingdom
2.  Southern British English See also Received Pronunciation relating to or denoting the English language as spoken and written in Britain, esp the S dialect generally regarded as standard
3.  relating to or denoting the ancient Britons
4.  of or relating to the Commonwealth: British subjects
 
n
5.  (functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Britain
6.  See also Brythonic the extinct Celtic language of the ancient Britons
 
'Britishness
 
n

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British
O.E. Bryttisc "of or relating to (ancient) Britons," from Bryttas "natives of ancient Britain" (see Briton). First modern record of British Isles is from 1621.
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