a British person 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 Origin early 20th cent.: abbreviation.