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Definition of British adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(abbreviation Br.) connected with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the people who live there the British Government He was born in France but his parents are British. British-based/British-born/British-made
  2. 2the British noun [plural] the people of the United Kingdom
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noun [uncountable]
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 humor.The adjective English refers only to people from England, not people from the rest of the United Kingdom. They may be Scottish, Welsh, or Northern Irish. 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 and can sound negative. Britisher is now very old-fashioned.
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