Definition of


  1. (noun, location) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

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Alternate forms of Britain

Derivations: britannic

Hyponyms: blighty

Origin of the word Britain

  1. c.1300, Breteyne, from O.Fr. Bretaigne, from L. Britannia, earlier Brittania, from Brittani "the Britons" (see Briton). The O.E. was Brytenlond and meant "Wales." If there was a Celtic name for the island, it has not been recorded. more

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