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British

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noun Brit·ish \ˈbri-tish\

Definition of British

  1. 1 a :  the Celtic language of the ancient Britons b :  british english

  2. 2 plural in construction :  the people of Great Britain or the Commonwealth of Nations

British adjective
Britishism play \ˈbri-ti-ˌshi-zəm\ noun
Britishness noun


Origin of british

Middle English Bruttische of Britain, from Old English Brettisc, from Brettas Britons, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh Brython Briton


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with british




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