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Britain British & World English

The island containing England, Wales, and Scotland. The name is broadly synonymous with Great Britain, but the longer form is more usual for the political unit

Britain, Battle of British & World English

A series of air battles fought over Britain during August-October 1940, in which the RAF successfully resisted raids by the numerically superior German air force. This led Hitler to abandon plans to invade Britain, although the Germans continued to bomb British cities by night for several months afterwards

New Britain British & World English

A mountainous island in the South Pacific, administratively part of Papua New Guinea, lying off the NE coast of New Guinea; population 404,600 (est. 2008); capital, Rabaul

Great Britain British & World English

England, Wales, and Scotland considered as a unit. The name is also often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

Roman Britain British & World English

Britain during the period ad 43-410, when most of Britain was part of the Roman Empire

Festival of Britain British & World English

A festival celebrated with lavish exhibitions and shows throughout Britain in May 1951 to mark the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in United Kingdom British & World English

A country of western Europe consisting of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland; population 61,113,200 (est. 2009); capital, London. Full name United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland