Meaning of BRITISH in English

/ ˈbrɪtɪʃ; NAmE / adjective


( abbr. Br. ) connected with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the people who live there :

the British Government

He was born in France but his parents are British.

British-based / British-born / British-made


the British noun [ pl. ] the people of the United Kingdom

►  Brit·ish·ness noun [ U ]



the British

There is no singular noun which is commonly used to refer to a person from Britain. Instead the adjective British is used:

She's British.

The British have a very odd sense of humour.

The adjective English refers only to people from England, not the rest of the United Kingdom.

The noun Briton is used mainly in newspapers:

The survivors of the avalanche included 12 Britons.

It also describes the early inhabitants of Britain:

the ancient Britons

. Brit is informal and can sound negative. Britisher is now very old-fashioned.

· note at Scottish



Old English Brettisc relating to the ancient Britons , from Bret Briton , from Latin Britto , or its Celtic equivalent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.