Definitions

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

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Great Britain.
  • n. One of a Celtic people inhabiting ancient Britain at the time of the Roman invasion.
  • n. A member of a Brittonic-speaking people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inhabitant of Great Britain.
  • n. A member of the British ethnic group.
  • n. A Celtic inhabitant of southern Britain at the time of the Roman conquest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. British.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native of Great Britain; especially, one of the original Celtic inhabitants of the island of Britain.
  • British.

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

  • n. an inhabitant of southern Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon invasions
  • adj. characteristic of or associated with the Britons
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Great Britain

Etymologies

Middle English Britoun, Celt, Briton, from Anglo-Norman Britun, from Latin Brittonēs, Britons, of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French Breton, from Latin Britto or its Celtic equivalent (compare Welsh Brython). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But ranged close by their fires were the weapons that had made the name Briton a word of terror to Pict, Roman and Norse raider alike.

    People of the Dark

  • This arresting figure of the new Briton is twice the man he was three years ago.

    Blinds Up In Britain

  • The best way to make a rebel out of a Briton is to treat him to government by tyrants.

    Is Democracy Outworn

  • On the other hand, in the Roman Empire this assimilation between the conquering race and the conquered provincials seems to have been more complete than is ever likely to be the case in India, considering the climatic, racial, religious, and political and social differences which separate the Briton from the East Indian.

    The Roman Occupation of Britain

  • Later that day I heard the most terrible news story on the radio and T.V. here in Briton.

    Welcome

  • Because in my personal experience, as a Briton, that is most certainly not the case.

    "The most evil and dangerous woman in West Germany," given five life sentences...

  • But the Guards had proved to the Boers that, man to man, the Briton was his master.

    Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900) Letters from the Front

  • Everyone must admit that the Briton is the best colonizer in the world.

    An African Adventure

  • Earl in the officers 'prison, and printed his telegrams in the newspapers, with the result that the Briton was the most laughed-at man that appeared in the Boer countries during the whole course of the war.

    With the Boer Forces

  • Would you, that are separable from boys and mobs, and the object malignly called the Briton, prefer the celestial singing of a woman to her excellently talking?

    Beauchamp's Career — Complete

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