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1. A native or inhabitant of Great Britain.
2. One of a Celtic people inhabiting ancient Britain at the time of the Roman invasion.
3. A member of a Brittonic-speaking people.

[Middle English Britoun, Celt, Briton, from Anglo-Norman Britun, from Latin Brittonēs, Britons, of Celtic origin.]


1. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Britain
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a citizen of the United Kingdom
3. (Historical Terms) history any of the early Celtic inhabitants of S Britain who were largely dispossessed by the Anglo-Saxon invaders after the 5th century ad
[C13: from Old French Breton, from Latin Britto, of Celtic origin]


(ˈbrɪt n)

1. a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Great Britain or the United Kingdom.
2. a member of any of the Celtic-speaking peoples inhabiting Britain S of the Firth of Clyde and Firth of Forth before the Germanic invasions of the 5th century a.d.
[1250–1300; Middle English Breton < Old French < Late Latin Brittōnēs Britons]


1. 'Britain'

Britain or Great Britain consists of England, Scotland, and Wales. The United Kingdom consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The British Isles refers to Britain, Ireland, and all the smaller islands around the coast.

2. 'British'

The nationality of someone from the United Kingdom is British, although some people prefer to call themselves English, Scottish, Welsh, or Northern Irish. It is incorrect and may cause offence to call all British people 'English'.

You can refer to all the people who come from Britain as the British.

I don't think the British are good at hospitality.
The British have always displayed a healthy scepticism towards ideas.

The British can also be used to refer to a group of British people, for example the British representatives at an international conference.

The British have made these negotiations more complicated.
The British had come up with a bold and dangerous solution.
3. 'Briton'

In writing, an individual British person can be referred to as a Briton.

The youth, a 17-year-old Briton, was searched and arrested.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Briton - a native or inhabitant of Great Britain
Great Britain, GB - an island comprising England and Scotland and Wales
European - a native or inhabitant of Europe
English person - a native or inhabitant of England
patrial - a person who has the right to be considered legally a British citizen (by virtue of the birth of a parent or grandparent)
2.Briton - an inhabitant of southern Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon invasions
Celt, Kelt - a member of a European people who once occupied Britain and Spain and Gaul prior to Roman times
Adj.1.Briton - characteristic of or associated with the Britons; "the Briton inhabitants of England"


noun Brit (informal), limey (U.S. & Canad. slang), Britisher, pommy or pom (Austral. & N.Z. slang), Anglo-Saxon The three men, one Briton, are said to be close to death.


[ˈbrɪtən] Nbritánico/a m/f; (loosely) → inglés/esa m/f


[ˈbrɪtən] nBritannique mf


nBrite m, → Britin f


[ˈbrɪtən] ninglese m/f, britannico/a
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Then he flattered himself that he looked like a true Briton, but the first time he had the mud cleaned off his shoes, the little bootblack knew that an American stood in them, and said, with a grin, "There yer har, sir.
It is now nearly two centuries and a quarter since the original Briton, the earliest emigrant of my name, made his appearance in the wild and forest -- bordered settlement which has since become a city.
He was a true Briton, and hoped there were many like him.
The places to which you, as a smug Briton, may or may not take a lady
Upon the slightest and most unreasonable pretences, as well as upon accusations the most absurd and groundless, their persons and property were exposed to every turn of popular fury; for Norman, Saxon, Dane, and Briton, however adverse these races were to each other, contended which should look with greatest detestation upon a people, whom it was accounted a point of religion to hate, to revile, to despise, to plunder, and to persecute.
From then on Condon cultivated the youthful Briton.
A very handsome young Briton he looked to- day, in high spirits and a bright-blue frock-coat, the highest mode--his arm no longer in a sling.
While the fiery and magnificent Spaniard, inflamed with the mania for gold, has extended his discoveries and conquests over those brilliant countries scorched by the ardent sun of the tropics, the adroit and buoyant Frenchman, and the cool and calculating Briton, have pursued the less splendid, but no less lucrative, traffic in furs amidst the hyperborean regions of the Canadas, until they have advanced even within the Arctic Circle.
Lord Deepmere carried off such embarrassment as might be incidental to this unexpected encounter with the inferior grace of a male and a Briton.
Neither responsibility could in fact have been fixed upon him, and just now, at all events, he was only a pleasant weather-washed wind-battered Briton, who brought in from a struggle with the elements that he appeared quite to have enjoyed a certain amount of unremoved mud and an unusual quantity of easy expression.
If a man like your brother likes to go into Parliament as a yeoman or a gentleman or a Jacobite or an Ancient Briton, I should say it would be a jolly good thing.
On the other hand, if you showed an Ancient Briton a revolver, I doubt if he would know it was a weapon-- until it was fired into him, of course.