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UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.BRI-tən
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Meaning & History

From Britannia, the Latin name for the island of Great Britain, the land of the Britons. It derives from the name of the Britons, recorded in Greek in the 4th century BC as Πρεττανικη (Prettanike), and reconstructed as Proto-Brythonic *Priteni, possibly meaning "tattooed people".
VariantBrittany
Other Languages & CulturesBritannia Ancient Roman Breizh Breton Bretagne French Bretagne, Britannien German Bretagna Italian Bretaigne Medieval French Bretaña Spanish
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute