Brit|ish1 [ˈbrıtıʃ] adj
[: Old English; Origin: Brettisc 'of ancient Britain', from Bret 'British person', from a Celtic language]
relating to Britain or its people
the British government
a British-born scientist
>Britishness n [U]
British 2
British2 n
the British [plural]
people from Britain

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