Definition of Britain
1. Noun. 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.
Geographical relationships: Balls-up, Ballup, Cockup, Mess-up, Clanger, Clawback, Lucky Dip, Flit, Rustication, Perambulation, Fare-stage, Pony-trekking, Rugby, Rugby Football, Rugger, Fives, Bagatelle, Bar Billiards, Tombola, Ludo, Shove-ha'penny, Shove-halfpenny, Shovel Board, Lucky Dip, Piss-up, Rag, Hornpipe, Panto, Doddle, Minister, Headship, Costing, 11-plus, Eleven-plus, Swiz, Ministry Of Transportation Test, Mot, Mot Test, Fire Watching, Snogging, Zizz, Dekko, Square-bashing, Rub Up, Shufti, Lie-in, Point Duty, National Assistance, Social Assistance, Supplementary Benefit, Boot Sale, Car Boot Sale, Invigilation, Aggro, Punch-up, Go-slow, Battle Of Britain, Arterial Road, Backbench, Bar, Betting Shop, Bin Liner, Boot, Bottle Bank, Caff, Carriageway, Clearway, Climbing Frame, Common Room, Countinghouse, Croft, Crossbench, Delf, Dickey, Dickey-seat, Dickie, Dickie-seat, Dicky, Dicky-seat, Dixie, Doorhandle, Doorknob, Elastoplast, Fairy Light, Fish Slice, Fleapit, Footplate, Free House, Front Bench, Fruit Machine, Brolly, Gamp, Glebe House, Greengrocery, Greengrocery, Gun Room, Guy, Gymslip, Hair Slide, Hall Of Residence, Hard Shoulder, Highroad, Trunk Road, Home-farm, Hose, Hosiery, Hypermarket, Ironmongery, Jobcentre, Lido, Life Office, Lodge, L-plate, Lumber Room, Mac, Macintosh, Mack, Mackintosh, Meat Safe, Mews, Milk Float, Minicab, Minicar, Minster, Mod Con, Nearside, Nick, Boilers Suit, Boilersuit, Overall, Oxbridge, Panda Car, Pannikin, Pantechnicon, Anorak, Parka, Windbreaker, Windcheater, Paternoster, Pelican Crossing, Pillar Box, Play-box, Playbox, Plimsoll, Plughole, Point, Power Point, Gin Mill, Pothouse, Pub, Public House, Saloon, Taphouse, Pull-in, Pull-up, Punnet, Push-bike, Quarterlight, Circuit, Racing Circuit, Redbrick University, Rowing Boat, Scullery, Secateurs, Sheeprun, Sheepwalk, Shooting Brake, Skid Lid, Skidpan, Slip Carriage, Slip Coach, Slop Basin, Slop Bowl, Stall, Stately Home, Sten Gun, Strongroom, Surgery, Tannoy, Tea Parlor, Tea Parlour, Teahouse, Tearoom, Teashop, Terraced House, Titfer, Sponge Bag, Toilet Bag, Tuck Box, Tuck Shop, Underfelt, Van, Verge, Villa, Vdu, Visual Display Unit, Handbasin, Lavabo, Wash-hand Basin, Washbasin, Washbowl, Norfolk Wherry, Wherry, Wincey, Winceyette, Wooden Spoon, Workhouse, Cert, Beastliness, Cobblers, Conk, Countenance, Kisser, Mug, Phiz, Physiognomy, Smiler, Visage, Noddle, Nous, Facer, Snorter, Niff, Pong, Wheeze, Thatcherism, Fabianism, Gutter Press, Rediffusion, Magna Carta, Magna Charta, The Great Charter, Royal Charter, Higher National Diploma, Hnd, Class List, Honours List, Rota, Whip-round, Book Token, Indent, Colour Supplement, Bumf, Bumph, Cobblers, Double Dutch, Gen, Highway Code, Bachelor Of Medicine, Mb, Honours, Honours Degree, First, First-class Honours Degree, Double First, Storm Cone, Ticktack, Shoulder Flash, Trad, Skiffle, Argle-bargle, Argy-bargy, Green Paper, Plaint, Prang, Bun-fight, Bunfight, Jolly, Whist Drive, Maundy, Burnup, Race Meeting, Zizz, Tuck, Plain Flour, Graham, Graham Flour, Whole Meal Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Fanny Adams, High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Tea, Teatime, Nosh-up, Ploughman's Lunch, Hot Pot, Hotpot, Caster Sugar, Castor Sugar, Pud, Pudding, Tipsy Cake, Pease Pudding, Roly-poly, Roly-poly Pudding, Suet Pudding, Spotted Dick, Tart, Eccles Cake, Christmas Cake, Simnel, Tea Biscuit, Teacake, Biscuit, Cookie, Cooky, Victoria Sandwich, Victoria Sponge, Lemon Cheese, Lemon Curd, Chipolata, Polony, Banger, Saveloy, Butty, Hasty Pudding, Victoria Plum, Whitefish, Rock Salmon, Cattle Cake, Salad Cream, Clotted Cream, Devonshire Cream, Golden Syrup, Treacle, Bubble And Squeak, Cottage Pie, Kedgeree, Bitter, Pale Ale, Plonk, Hock, Rhenish, Rhine Wine, Sundowner, Scrumpy, Cuppa, Cupper, Gob, Al-muhajiroun, National Trust, Nt, Special Branch, Inland Revenue, Ir, Ordnance Survey, Estate, Estate Of The Realm, The Three Estates, First Estate, Lords Spiritual, Lords Temporal, Second Estate, Commons, Third Estate, Admass, Ld., Limited Company, Ltd., Slate Club, Skiffle Group, Gaudy, Beanfeast, Liberal Democrat Party, Direct-grant School, Training College, Open University, Privy Council, Works Council, Parliament, Conservancy, Select Committee, Central Intelligence Machinery, Cim, Sas, Special Air Service, Mi, Military Intelligence Section 6, Secret Intelligence Service, Mi, Military Intelligence Section 5, Security Service, Admiralty, County Council, British Cabinet, Shadow Cabinet, High Commission, Public School, Terrace, Spinney, Rave-up, Local Authority, Heath, Heathland, Subtopia, County, County Town, Shire Town, Housing Estate, Stockbroker Belt, Shire, No-go Area, Pitch, New Town, Outport, Weald, Gb, Great Britain, Home Counties, Dale, Mere, Anglo-saxon, Backbencher, Beadle, Berk, Boffin, Chancellor, Chief Constable, Clever Clogs, Clever Dick, Coiner, Blimp, Colonel Blimp, Commissionaire, Constable, Police Constable, Convener, Crossbencher, Esq, Esquire, Fire Watcher, Frontbencher, Fruiterer, Greengrocer, Guvnor, Home Help, Hooray Henry, Inquiry Agent, Houseman, Intern, Interne, Medical Intern, Invigilator, Justiciar, Justiciary, Kerb Crawler, Lady, Noblewoman, Peeress, Land Agent, Linendraper, Lollipop Lady, Lollipop Woman, Lord Chancellor, Lord High Chancellor, Mate, Mercer, Mod, Muffin Man, Nan, Copper's Nark, Nark, News Reader, Newsreader, Office-bearer, Outfitter, Parliamentary Agent, Patrial, Peer, Peer Of The Realm, Placeman, Placeseeker, Pointsman, Pork Butcher, Potboy, Potman, Don, Preceptor, Publican, Tavern Keeper, Question Master, Quizmaster, Ranker, Ranker, Ratepayer, Recorder, Redcap, Remover, Returning Officer, Rocker, Sandboy, Scrimshanker, Canvasser, Scrutineer, Settler, Sir, Sixth-former, Skivvy, Slavey, Slop-seller, Slopseller, Smallholder, Sod, Spiv, Sprog, Sprog, Squire, Stipendiary, Stipendiary Magistrate, Stockjobber, Stone Breaker, Sublieutenant, Suffragette, Grass, Supergrass, Supremo, Tallyman, Tearaway, Ted, Teddy Boy, Thatcherite, Ticket Tout, Tout, Townee, Valuer, Victualer, Victualler, Wally, Wog, Wykehamist, Knock-on Effect, Medium Wave, Pot Plant, Ratables, Rateables, Smallholding, Crown Land, Rent-rebate, Peppercorn Rent, Hire-purchase, Never-never, Sick Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Christmas Box, Council Tax, Rates, Poor Rates, Base Rate, Refresher, Water-rate, Assurance, Giro Account, Giro, Giro Cheque, Tenpence, Threepence, Sixpence, Tanner, Maundy Money, Divvy, Carry-forward, Carry-over, Premium Bond, Civil List, Last, Quarter, In, Inch, Perch, Pole, Rod, Tod, Stone, Bugger All, Fanny Adams, Fuck All, Sweet Fanny Adams, Milliard, 1000000000000, Billion, One Million Million, One Million Million Million, Trillion, Quadrillion, Top-up, Poverty Trap, Crick, Kink, Rick, Wrick, Dog's Breakfast, Dog's Dinner, Appro, Hard Cheese, Fug, Ratability, Rateability, Town Gas, Derv, Clunch, Surgical Spirit, Half-term, Vac, November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, Sell-by Date, Quarter Day, Guest Night, Rag, Rag Week, Rag Day, Boxing Day, Poppy Day, Remembrance Day, Remembrance Sunday, Speech Day, Year Dot, Kip, Question Time, Judder, Shake, Scrimshank, Potted, Fly, Pawky, Dinky, Dishy, Non-u, U, Starkers, Boss-eyed, Canty, Common Or Garden, Groovy, Swagger, Gammy, All-mains, Niffy, Swingeing, Shirty, Snorty, Po-faced, Peckish, Dickey, Dicky, Potty, Whacking, Long-dated, Short-dated, Take-away, Takeout, Red-brick, Redbrick, Grotty, Post-free, Buckshee, Made-up, Chuffed, Jumped-up, Toffee-nosed, Major, Minor, Billion, Trillion, Tod, Bloody-minded, Cantankerous, Bolshy, Stroppy, Capital, Spiffing, Top-flight, Top-hole, Topping, Ropey, Ropy, Gobsmacked, Jiggered, Buttoned-up, Brummagem, Ratable, Rateable, Unratable, Drained, Knackered, Whacked, Manky, Tinpot, Fuggy, Clapped Out, Action Replay, Current Account, Fascia, Ponce, Ring Road, Ringway, Spring Onion, Tram, Tramcar
Group relationships: Common Market, Ec, Eec, Eu, Europe, European Community, European Economic Community, European Union, Nato, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Generic synonyms: Kingdom
Group relationships: British Isles
Terms within: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Cambria, Cymru, Wales
Specialized synonyms: Blighty
Examples of language type: Baking Tray, Chips, Expat, Groundnut Oil, Jumper, Mo, Nan, Nanna, Parky, Remit, Sandpit, Sanitary Towel, Shop Assistant, Signal Tower, Veg, Zebra Crossing
Derivative terms: Britannic
Definition of Britain
1. Proper noun. the island of Great Britain. ¹
2. Proper noun. The United Kingdom. ¹
3. Proper noun. (singular) (context historically) Brittany. ¹
4. Proper noun. (singular) (context historically) the British Empire. ¹
5. Proper noun. (plural) (context historically, rarely) the British Empire ¹
6. Proper noun. (countable) (context historically, rarely) a Briton ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Britain
Literary usage of Britain
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. English Constitutional History from the Teutonic Conquest to the Present Time by Thomas Pitt Taswell-Langmead (1905)
"CHAPTER I. FROM THE TEUTONIC CONQUEST OF britain TO THE NORMAN CONQUEST OF ENGLAND. THE first step in a history of the Institutions of the English people ..."
2. The Map of Europe by Treaty: Showing the Various Political and Territorial by Edward Hertslet (1875)
"Renunciation of (treat britain to Protectorate over the Ionian Islands, ... HER Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great britain and Ireland made ..."
3. A History of England by Allen Clapp Thomas (1913)
"There are many islands in the group, but only two, Great britain and Ireland, ... The climate of Ireland is more moist than that of Great britain, ..."
4. Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest by Agnes Strickland, Elisabeth Strickland (1872)
"Anne of Denmark became, in course of time, the first queen-consort of Great britain, a title which has been borne by the wives of our sovereigns from the ..."
5. History of the Conquest of England by the Normans: Its Causes, and Its by Augustin Thierry (1847)
"Ancient populations of britain — Picts and Scots—Social state of the Britons—Their form of government—Attacks from without—Internal discords—The Saxons ..."
6. Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries by Edward Bagby Pollard, Mitchell Carroll, Alfred Brittain, Pierce Butler, John Robert Effinger, Hugo Paul Thieme, Hermann Schoenfeld, Bartlett Burleigh James, John Ruse Larus (1908)
"THE WOMEN OF PREHISTORIC britain IT is to the unpremeditated contributions of savage and barbarous conditions of existence that we must look for those ..."