British Isles

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British Isles

A group of islands off the northwest coast of Europe comprising Great Britain, Ireland, and adjacent smaller islands.

British Isles

pl n
(Placename) a group of islands in W Europe, consisting of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Orkney, Shetland, the Channel Islands belonging to Great Britain, and the islands adjacent to these

Brit′ish Isles′


n.pl.
a group of islands in W Europe: Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and adjacent small islands. 53,978,538; 120,592 sq. mi. (312,300 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.British Isles - Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north AtlanticBritish Isles - Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
British Empire - a former empire consisting of Great Britain and all the territories under its control; reached its greatest extent at the end of World War I; it included the British Isles, British West Indies, Canada, British Guiana; British West Africa, British East Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand; "the sun never sets on the British Empire"
Great Britain, GB - an island comprising England and Scotland and Wales
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - 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
Channel Island - any of a group of British islands in the English Channel off the northern coast of France
Isle of Man, Man - one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
Isle of Wight, Wight - an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
Translations
Briti saared
Brit-szigetek
Bretlandseyjar
Wyspy Brytyjskie

British Isles

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