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Albion

[al-bee-uh n] /ˈæl bi ən/
noun
1.
2.
a city in S Michigan.
3.
Literary. Britain.
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  • Here she learned that her beloved Amazan had just set sail for Albion.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • The Albion Dock could be readily enlarged to receive a ship of war.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • The theatre of the Boulevard refused the drama; so the author's rage against l'infame Albion was yet unappeased.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And I know of no place where it could be established to so much advantage, as at Albion.

  • We shall have perfidious Albion caught in her own noose, as you shall see.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • Albion was "consid'able of a joker," Mr. Peaslee reflected gloomily.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • He also made an astronomical instrument to which he gave the name "Albion," and wrote a book describing the manner of using it.

  • Albion's England is in no danger of incurring that sentence.

  • A fine little ship, called the Albion, of Bermuda, set on fire by the Glory.

  • I only wish I could hope that you would stay in Albion and aid me.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for Albion

Albion

/ˈælbɪən/
noun
1.
(archaic or poetic) Britain or England
Word Origin
C13: from Latin, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for Albion

ancient name of England, Old English, from Latin, sometimes said to be from the non-Indo-European base *alb "mountain," which also is suggested as the source of Latin Alpes "Alps," Albania, and Alba, an Irish name for "Scotland." But more likely from Latin albus "white" (see alb), which would be an apt description of the chalk cliffs of the island's southern coast.

Breoton is garsecges ealond, ðæt wæs iu geara Albion haten. [translation of Bede's "Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum," c.900 C.E.]
Perfidious Albion translates French rhetorical phrase la perfide Albion, said to have been in use since 16c. but popularized by Napoleon I in the recruiting drive of 1813, a reference to the supposedly treacherous policies of Britain when dealing with foreign powers.

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