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British Empire British & World English

A former empire consisting of Great Britain and its possessions, dominions, and dependencies

British Empire, Order of the British & World English

See Order of the British Empire.

Order of the British Empire British & World English

(In the UK) an order of knighthood instituted in 1917 and divided into five classes, each with military and civilian divisions. The classes are: Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE), Knight or Dame Commander (KBE/DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE), and Member (MBE). The two highest classes entail the awarding of a knighthood


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