British English


Definition of British English

: the native language of most inhabitants of England especially : English characteristic of England and clearly distinguishable from that used elsewhere (as in the U.S. or Australia)

First Known Use of British English

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of British English was in 1866

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English Language Learners Definition of British English

: the English language used in England

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to gather or build up little by little

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