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[brit] /brɪt/
noun
1.
the group of small marine animals forming the food of whalebone whales.
2.
the young of herring and sprat.
Also, britt.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; perhaps < Cornish brȳthel mackerel; akin to Old Cornish brȳth, Welsh brith speckled

Brit

[brit] /brɪt/
noun, Informal.
1.
Briton (def 1).
Origin
1900-05; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for brits

brit

/brɪt/
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
1.
the young of a herring, sprat, or similar fish
2.
minute marine crustaceans, esp copepods, forming food for many fishes and whales
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Cornish brӯthel mackerel; see brill

Brit1

/brɪt/
noun
1.
(informal) a British person

Brit2

abbreviation
1.
Britain
2.
British
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Word Origin and History for brits

Brit

n.

U.S. colloquial shortening of Britisher or Briton, 1901, formerly (in common with 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 Old English words for the (Celtic) Britons and survived until c.1300. In Old French, Bret as an adjective meant "British, Breton; cunning, crafty; simple-minded, stupid."

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Slang definitions & phrases for brits

Brit

adjective

British: the Brit rock scene

noun

: two Brits and a Yank (1900+ British)


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Related Abbreviations for brits

Brit

person from Great Britain
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