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British Isles

plural noun
1.
a group of islands in W Europe: Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and adjacent small islands. 120,592 sq. mi. (312,300 sq. km).
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  • The entire area shaken, including the water, has been estimated at three times the area of the British Isles.

  • In the British Isles, the same wicked tales were told of him.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • It has now no authenticated nesting-place in the British Isles.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • Indeed he had been all his life especially friendly to anybody from the British Isles.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Every American or other neutral vessel going to or coming from the British Isles, therefore, was subject to capture.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • So far as anyone knew she had not a friend or relation in the British Isles.

  • There is yet another characteristic of the modern Aino which suggests the dwarf of the British Isles.

    The Testimony of Tradition David MacRitchie
  • Pytheas, who discovered the British Isles, was "a great mathematician."

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • I returned to America impressed with the over-crowding of the British Isles, and the unsettled regions of our own country.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for British Isles

British Isles

plural noun
1.
a group of islands in W Europe, consisting of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Orkney, Shetland, the Channel Islands belonging to Great Britain, and the islands adjacent to these
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British Isles in Culture

British Isles definition


The islands of Great Britain and Ireland and a number of smaller islands off their coasts.

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