American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A female personification of Great Britain or the British Empire.
- n. Britannia metal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A white-metal alloy of tin, antimony, bismuth, copper, etc. It somewhat resembles silver, and is used for table ware. Called also
- Latin, Britain, from Britannī, the Britons. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The pairing seems irresistible: an inscrutable but undeniably beautiful meditation on Englishness inspired by the man who coined the term "Britannia" and written by a musician who made it cool.”
“Here they started to build a town which they called Britannia, and they made friends with the Maoris of the district.”
“He agreed with his friends on this point, that the stranger must be either English or American, the name Britannia leading them to suppose this, and, besides, through the bushy beard, and under the shaggy, matted hair, the engineer thought he could recognize the characteristic features of the Anglo-Saxon.”
“Neustria, together with the fact that the name Britannia, or Brittany, as applied to that particular province in Gaul was forgotten for centuries before any of the old Latin "Lives" of St. Patrick, except the first, were written, must have induced some old biographers of the”
“The word Britannia occurs three times in the "Confession.”
“The Buffalo paper said that Canada did not know enough to come out of the Rain Britannia, and the Hamilton paper said she knew enough at least to keep out of the Hail Columbia!”
“Articles made of what is usually called Britannia metal may be kept in order by the frequent use of the following composition: 1/2 a lb. of finely-powdered whiting, a wineglass of sweet oil, a tablespoonful of soft soap, and 1/2 an oz. of yellow soap melted in water.”
“Long before that, Bennet Frothingham had been known in the money-market; it was the 'Britannia' -- Loan,”
“Today I read that Gordon "Britishness" Brown's "campaign to promote British values has been exposed as a sham after it was revealed he personally approved a decision to remove Britannia from the 50p coin.”
“The boat, dubbed Britannia, was no pond-fishing craft, but a 22-foot double-hulled rowboat based on a design for an airdropped lifeboat.”
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