Briton

noun
Brit·​on | \ ˈbri-tᵊn How to pronounce Briton (audio) \

Definition of Briton

1 : a member of one of the peoples inhabiting Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon invasions
2 : a native or subject of Great Britain especially : englishman

First Known Use of Briton

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Briton

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

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

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“Briton.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Briton. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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Briton

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English Language Learners Definition of Briton

somewhat formal : a British person

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