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



BrE BrE//ˈælbiən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælbiən//
[uncountable] (literary)
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an ancient name for Britain or England Word OriginOld English, from Latin , probably of Celtic origin and related to Latin albus ‘white’ (in allusion to the white cliffs of Dover). Culture The name Albion may be connected with the Latin word albus, meaning 'white', and refer to the white cliffs of Dover, often the first thing seen by anyone crossing the English Channel to land in Britain. The word 'Albion' is now used only in poetry or in names, especially those of streets and football clubs. The expression perfidious Albion, meaning that England cannot be trusted, was often used by the French about the English in the time of Napoleon.