from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Commonly called Great Britain or Britain.United Kingdom A country of western Europe comprising England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Beginning with the kingdom of England, it was created by three acts of union: with Wales (1536), Scotland (1707), and Ireland (1800). At the height of its power in the 19th century it ruled an empire that spanned the globe. London is the capital and the largest city. Population: 60,800,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A kingdom and sovereign state in Europe comprising the four countries of England, Scotland and Wales in the island of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland in the island of Ireland. Official name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Abbreviation: UK.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See under United.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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