brit

brit

[brit]
Also, britt.


Origin:
1595–1605; perhaps < Cornish brȳthel mackerel; akin to Old Cornish brȳth, Welsh brith speckled

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Brit

[brit]
noun Informal.
Briton ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1900–05; by shortening

Brit.

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brit (brɪt)
 
n
1.  the young of a herring, sprat, or similar fish
2.  minute marine crustaceans, esp copepods, forming food for many fishes and whales
 
[C17: perhaps from Cornish brӯthel mackerel; see brill]

Brit (brɪt)
 
n
informal a British person

Brit
 
abbreviation for
1.  Britain
2.  British

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Brit
U.S. colloquial shortening of Britisher or Briton, 1901, formerly (like Britisher) highly offensive to Englishmen traveling in the States, who regarded it as yet another instance of the "odious vulgarism" of the Americans, but Bret and Bryt were common O.E. words for the (Celtic) Britons and survived
until c.1300. In O.Fr., Bret meant "British, Breton; cunning, crafty; simple-minded, stupid."
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Brit
person from Great Britain
Brit.
  1. Britain

  2. British

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brit

any of several species of small, slim schooling fish of the family Atherinidae (order Atheriniformes), found in freshwater and along coasts around the world in warm and temperate regions

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