Meaning of BRITISH in English

— Britishly , adv. — Britishness , n.

/brit"ish/ , adj.

1. of or pertaining to Great Britain or its inhabitants.

2. used esp. by natives or inhabitants of Great Britain: In this dictionary, "Brit." is an abbreviation for "British usage."


3. the people native to or inhabiting Great Britain.

4. See British English .

5. the Celtic language of the ancient Britons.

[ bef. 900; ME Brittische, OE Bryttisc, equiv. to Brytt ( as ) Britons + -isc- -ISH 1 ; see BRITON ]

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