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Briton

Syllabification: Brit·on
Pronunciation: /ˈbritn
 
/

Definition of Briton in English:

noun

1A citizen or native of Great Britain.
Example sentences
  • Two US citizens and one Briton were abducted from a house in one of Baghdad's wealthier suburbs yesterday, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
  • It's a real moment to make, I think, every Briton proud.
  • If you search here for the same first name, you'll find 20 more Americans with such a first name, plus one Canadian and one Briton.
1.1A person of British descent.
Example sentences
  • Standing on a stage and also visible on a huge TV screen overlooking the square, Mr Netanyahu thanked British Jews and all Britons for their support.
  • Ten days before the general election an NOP poll showed that 60% of Britons wanted British troops out by the end of this year.
  • Hundreds of Britons besieged the British Embassy.
2One of the people of southern Britain before and during Roman times.
Example sentences
  • When the Romans left Britain, the Britons did not use their roads.
  • Another option is to test for interaction between Roman soldiers and local Britons, by searching for African DNA in the local gene pool.
  • In 406 and 409 the Britons rebelled against Roman rule.

Origin

from Old French Breton, from Latin Britto, Britton-, or its Celtic equivalent.

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