Definition of the United Kingdom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the United Kingdom

BrE BrE//ðə juˌnaɪtɪd ˈkɪŋdəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ðə juˌnaɪtɪd ˈkɪŋdəm//
[singular] (abbreviation (the) UK) Countries and continents
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England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (considered as a political unit) See related entries: Countries and continents Culture The United Kingdom is a member of the Commonwealth and the European Union and its capital is London. The name United Kingdom is found mainly in formal and official use. In more general use the country is referred to as Britain. see also Act of Union
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the United Kingdom