from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The island of Great Britain during pre-Roman, Roman, and early Anglo-Saxon times before the reign of Alfred the Great (871-899). The name is derived from Brittania, which the Romans used for the portion of the island that they occupied.
  • See United Kingdom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. the island of Great Britain.
  • proper n. The United Kingdom.
  • proper n. singular (historically) Brittany.
  • proper n. singular (historically) the British Empire.
  • proper n. plural (historically, rarely) the British Empire
  • proper n. (historically, rarely) a Briton

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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


Middle English Breteyne, from Old French Bretaigne, from Latin Britannia, earlier Brittānia. (Wiktionary)



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