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Great Britain

Syllabification: Great Brit·ain
Pronunciation: /ˌɡrāt ˈbritn

Definition of Great Britain in English:

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


Great Britain is the name for the island that comprises England, Scotland, and Wales. The term came into official use in 1603, when King James I (who was also James VI of Scotland) acceded to the throne of England and Wales. Scotland joined this legislative union in 1707. The United Kingdom is a political unit that includes these countries and Northern Ireland. The British Isles is a geographical term that refers to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and surrounding smaller islands such as the Hebrides and the Channel Islands.

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