British

noun
Brit·​ish | \ ˈbri-tish How to pronounce British (audio) \

Definition of British

1a : the Celtic language of the ancient Britons
2 plural in construction : the people of Great Britain or the Commonwealth of Nations

Other Words from British

British adjective
Britishism \ ˈbri-​ti-​ˌshi-​zəm How to pronounce British (audio) \ noun
Britishness noun

First Known Use of British

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for British

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

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The first known use of British was before the 12th century

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“British.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/British. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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British

adjective
Brit·​ish | \ ˈbri-tish How to pronounce British (audio) \

Kids Definition of British

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) or the British

British

noun plural

Kids Definition of British (Entry 2 of 2)

: the people of Great Britain

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