of or relating to Great Britain or its inhabitants.
used especially by natives or inhabitants of Great Britain: In this dictionary, “Brit.” is an abbreviation for “British usage.”.
the people native to or inhabiting Great Britain.
the Celtic language of the ancient Britons.
Contemporary Examples

British photographer Cecil Beaton was the Richard Avedon or Annie Leibovitz of his era.
Best Coffee Table Books 2011 Robert Birnbaum December 21, 2011

From his British base, Altaf runs the MQM as a private party with him in complete control.
Altaf Hussain Finally Arrested in London; Can His MQM Be Neutralized? Bruce Riedel June 2, 2014

Nevertheless, he began getting work with influential British magazines like ID and The Face.
Fashion’s Raunchiest Photog Jacob Bernstein March 16, 2010

Harry will join four British team members in November as they race against teams from the US and the Commonwealth.
Thanks Bro! Royal Charity Donates £100,000 to Harry’s South Pole Mission Tom Sykes May 12, 2013

Or perhaps it was because the British media had their own reasons to believe the accidental ham story.
Did Murdoch’s Hacks Bug Diana, Too? Tina Brown September 4, 2010

Historical Examples

But we cannot enumerate a tithe of the masterpieces of the British Encyclopædia.
Leading Articles on Various Subjects Hugh Miller

What, then, must be the population of the British empire if the increase in one city was at that rate?
Explorations in Australia John Forrest

But you’ve got me to reckon with, and the British Pharmacopoeia.
Despair’s Last Journey David Christie Murray

Our nation is in number more than half that of the British Isles.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

It is an American enterprise, with British and Mexican associations.
Mexico Charles Reginald Enock

relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Britain or any of the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of the United Kingdom
relating to or denoting the English language as spoken and written in Britain, esp the S dialect generally regarded as standard See also Southern British English, Received Pronunciation
relating to or denoting the ancient Britons
of or relating to the Commonwealth: British subjects
(functioning as pl) the natives or inhabitants of Britain
the extinct Celtic language of the ancient Britons See also Brythonic

Old English Bryttisc “of or relating to (ancient) Britons,” from Bryttas “natives of ancient Britain” (see Briton). First modern record of British Isles is from 1620s.


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