Definition of British

1. Noun. The people of Great Britain.

Exact synonyms: British People, Brits
Generic synonyms: Country, Land, Nation

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture. "His wife is British"
Partainyms: Great Britain

Definition of British

1. a. Of or pertaining to Great Britain or to its inhabitants; -- sometimes restricted to the original inhabitants.

2. n. pl. People of Great Britain.

Definition of British

1. Proper noun. With ''the'', the citizens or inhabitants of Britain collectively. ¹

2. Proper noun. With ''the'', the citizens or inhabitants of the United Kingdom collectively. ¹

3. Proper noun. (history) The ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain, also called ancient Britons. ¹

4. Proper noun. The Celtic language of the ancient Britons ¹

5. Proper noun. The British English language. ¹

6. Adjective. Of Britain (meaning the British Isles) ¹

7. Adjective. (colloquial) Of the United Kingdom. ¹

8. Adjective. Of the Commonwealth of Nations, or the British Empire. ¹

9. Adjective. (historical) Of the ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain; Brythonic. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of British

Britannia metal
Britannia silver
British (current term)
British Approved Name
British Asian
British Broadcasting Corporation
British Cabinet
British Central Africa
British Columbia
British Columbian
British Columbians
British Commonwealth
British Crown
British Crown dependency
British East India Company
British Empire
British English

Literary usage of British

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"At the British Association meeting of 1839 at Birmingham Forbes obtained a grant for •dredging researches in the British seas, with A view to illustrating ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884)
"THE AMERICAN association for the advancement of science borrowed its constitution, in large measure, from the British. Yet, while it is evident in the ..."

3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1888)
"On 27th August,, I left Sandakan, the capital of British North Borneo, in the steam launch Sabine, and entering the mouth of the ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"British Association and the holding of two extra meetings by the American Association. It was formerly the custom in the British Association to review the ..."

5. Correspondence Concerning Claims Against Great Britain: Transmitted to the by United States Dept. of State (1871)
"This act shall come into operation in the United Kingdom immediately on the passing thereof, and shall be proclaimed in every British possession by the ..."

6. The Story of the Great War by Francis Joseph Reynolds, Allen Leon Churchill, Leonard Wood, Francis Trevelyan Miller, Austin Melvin Knight, Frederick Palmer, Frank Herbert Simonds, Arthur Brown Ruhl (1917)
"FRENCH AND British ADVANCES On the same date late in the afternoon the French ... On August 8, 1916, the British positions north and east of Pozieres were ..."

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