Britannia



the ancient Roman name of the island of Great Britain, especially the S part where the early Roman provinces were.
the British Empire.
Chiefly Literary.

Great Britain.
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

the figure of a seated woman with trident and helmet used as a symbolic representation of Great Britain and the British Empire.
Contemporary Examples

The Veil Is Un-Islamic Subhash Chopra April 10, 2010
The New Fear of Flying After MH370 Clive Irving March 30, 2014

Historical Examples

In Search of the Castaways Jules Verne
Ship-Bored Julian Street
In Search of the Castaways Jules Verne
The Farmer Boy, and How He Became Commander-In-Chief Morrison Heady
The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
Little Folks (Septemeber 1884) Various
The Story of the “Britannia” E. P. Statham
Little Folks (Septemeber 1884) Various

noun
a female warrior carrying a trident and wearing a helmet, personifying Great Britain or the British Empire
(in the ancient Roman Empire) the S part of Great Britain
short for Britannia coin

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