Meaning of “Britain” in the English Dictionary


"Britain" in English

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uk /ˈbrɪt.ən/ us /ˈbrɪt.ən/

Examples from literature

  • A game from Britain is becoming very popular in other countries: snooker. 
  • In 1714, Britain asked clockmakers to make a clock for boats. 
  • In 1764 these colonies had to pay a tax to Britain for sugar from the West Indies. 
  • It is possible that the word Britain comes from an old British word meaning “people of the designs,” possibly from their war paint or tattoos. 
  • It was printed on July 4, 1776, the date of America’s independence from Britain. 
  • The colonists did not want to pay the tax, so they decided to become free from Britain. 
  • The first Europeans to live there came from Britain and Ireland. 
  • And the previous commitments were the secret compacts concluded by Japan with Britain, France, Russia, and Italy before the United States entered the war. 
  • But in a country like ancient Britain there are as many soldiers as inhabitants. 
  • But though new peoples came, in all these lands they learned the ways and languages of the older inhabitants, instead of changing everything, as the English did in Britain. 
  • No one in Britain ever calls an American a foreigner. 
  • No one who visits Salisbury will forget Stonehenge, the most remarkable relic of prehistoric man to be found in Britain. 

(Definition of “Britain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)