Brit·​on ˈbri-tᵊn How to pronounce Briton (audio)
: a member of one of the peoples inhabiting Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon invasions
: a native or subject of Great Britain
especially : englishman

Examples of Briton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a strange twist of fate, members of the search effort came to the aid of another missing Briton in the area. The Week Uk, theweek, 25 June 2024 Kirk’s theory: Sir Edward Reed, a Briton, was a key figure in the old Florida Land and Mortgage Co., which around 1883 bought much of the land west of Hallandale. Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 One of those is called 77 Sports Marketing, citing the number of years of hurt that passed since a Briton had won Wimbledon before Murray famously beat Novak Djokovic in 2013. Tim Ellis, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The Dutchman, who took over from Briton Alan Jope last year, said an initial public offering is one of several options and a decision will be made in the next 18 months. Cagan Koc, Fortune Europe, 25 Mar. 2024 Introducing Marley as the biracial son of a white Briton then a Natty Dread (natural dreadlocks) figure doesn’t suffice as the explanation for his quasi-revolutionary artistic expression. Armond White, National Review, 16 Feb. 2024 Additionally, Izzard, a Briton who publicly came out as transgender way back in 1985, has carved out a parallel path as a character actor in TV, cinematic and theatrical dramas. David Marchese Photo Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Equal-opportunity offensiveness — to gays, Jews, French, Finns and every kind of Briton — makes the show inoffensive to all. Jesse Green, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Trevelyan, whose ancestors owned more than 1,000 slaves in the Caribbean island of Grenada in the 18th and 19th centuries, has formed a poignant partnership with a descendant of slaves — fellow Briton and serving British lawmaker Clive Lewis. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Middle English Breton, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin Britton-, Britto, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh Brython

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Briton was in the 13th century

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“Briton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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Brit·​on ˈbrit-ən How to pronounce Briton (audio)
: a member of one of the peoples living in Britain before the Anglo-Saxon invasions

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