Meaning of “Britain” in the English Dictionary

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"Britain" in British English

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uk /ˈbrɪt.ən/ us /ˈbrɪt.ən/


  • 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.

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