from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Great Britain or its people, language, or culture.
- adj. Of or relating to the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth of Nations.
- adj. Of or relating to the ancient Britons.
- n. The people of Great Britain.
- n. British English.
- n. The Celtic language of the ancient Britons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. With the, the citizens or inhabitants of Britain collectively.
- proper n. With the, the citizens or inhabitants of the United Kingdom collectively.
- proper n. The ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain before the Anglo-Saxon invasion, also called ancient Britons.
- proper n. The Celtic language of the ancient Britons
- proper n. The British English language.
- adj. Of Britain (meaning the British Isles)
- adj. Of the United Kingdom.
- adj. Of the Commonwealth of Nations, or the British Empire.
- adj. Of the ancient inhabitants of the southern part of Britain; Brythonic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to Great Britain or to its inhabitants; -- sometimes restricted to the original inhabitants.
- n.pl. People of Great Britain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Great Britain, or in the widest sense the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or its inhabitants: as, the British people or empire; British legislation or interests.
- Of or pertaining to the ancient Britons or their language.
- Sometimes abbreviated Brit.
- n. [Used as a plural.] The inhabitants of Great Britain, including specifically the English, Welsh, and Scotch.
- n. The language of the ancient Britons, represented by the modern Welsh and Cornish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the people of Great Britain
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture
Middle English Brittish, from Old English Bryttisc, relating to the ancient Britons, from Bryttas, Britons, of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
In Old English as Bryttisc "Britons" . The spelling with single -t- appears in the 13th century under the influence of Latin Britannia, but spelling with -tt- persists alongside -t- during the 13th to 17th centuries. (Wiktionary)