Definition of Briton noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbrɪtn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪtn//
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a person from Britain the ancient Britons the first Briton to climb Everest without oxygen More Aboutthe British There is no singular noun which is commonly used to refer to a person from Britain. Instead the adjective British is used:She’s British. The British have a very odd sense of humour. The adjective English refers only to people from England, not the rest of the United Kingdom. The noun Briton is used mainly in newspapers:The survivors of the avalanche included 12 Britons. It also describes the early inhabitants of Britain:the ancient Britons. Brit is informal. Britisher is now very old-fashioned. Word Originfrom Old French Breton, from Latin Britto, Britton-, or its Celtic equivalent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Briton