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proper noun

  • An island that consists of England, Wales, and Scotland. The name is broadly synonymous with Great Britain, but the longer form is more usual for the political unit.

    the United Kingdom, the UK, Great Britain, the British Isles
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/ˈbritn/ /ˈbrɪtn/


Old English Breoton, from Latin Brittones ‘Britons’, superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French Bretaigne (from Latin Brit(t)annia). It became a largely historical term until revived in the mid 16th century, as the possible union of England and Scotland became a subject of political concern.