Definitions

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

  • n. A female personification of Great Britain or the British Empire.
  • n. Britannia metal.

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  • proper n. a female personification of Britain

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white-metal alloy of tin, antimony, bismuth, copper, etc. It somewhat resembles silver, and is used for table ware. Called also Britannia metal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Britannia metal (which see, under metal).

Etymologies

Latin, Britain, from Britann─ź, the Britons.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    Dr Dee, Palace Theatre, Manchester | First night review

  • Here they started to build a town which they called Britannia, and they made friends with the Maoris of the district.

    History of Australia and New Zealand From 1606 to 1890

  • 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.

    The Mysterious Island

  • 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

    Bolougne-Sur-Mer St. Patrick's Native Town

  • The word Britannia occurs three times in the "Confession."

    Bolougne-Sur-Mer St. Patrick's Native Town

  • 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!

    Empire Conditions and Problems

  • 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.

    Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife

  • Long before that, Bennet Frothingham had been known in the money-market; it was the 'Britannia' -- Loan,

    The Whirlpool

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • The boat, dubbed Britannia, was no pond-fishing craft, but a 22-foot double-hulled rowboat based on a design for an airdropped lifeboat.

    A Solo Seafarer, Armed Only With Oars

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