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What does British mean?


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The proper adjective British means of or from Great Britain (island kingdom of England, Scotland, and Wales). The term is also used to mean typical of Great Britain or its natives, such as accents or pronunciations.

The noun (the British), along with the plural Britons, is used as a collective noun (demonym) for people of the British Isles.

Geographically, The British Isles are the main islands of Britain and Ireland and all of their off-shore islands, so I don't think that Irish people would be happy about being described as 'British'!