from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- 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 (1801). At the height of its power in the 1800s, it ruled an empire that spanned the globe. London is the capital and the largest city.
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- proper noun A
kingdomand sovereign statein Europecomprising the four countries of England, Scotlandand Walesin the island of Great Britain, and Northern Irelandin the island of Ireland. Official name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Abbreviation: UK.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun 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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