- m pl Britons; Bretons
Old to modern English dictionary. 2013.
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Brett — This interesting surname is of French origin, and is an ethnic name for a Breton. The Bretons were originally Celts driven from South West England to North West France in the 6th Century by invading Anglo Saxons. Some returned with the army of… … Surnames reference
Brettelle — This long established surname is of French origin, and is a diminutive of Brett, which is an ethnic name for a Breton, from the Old French bret (oblique case breton ). The Bretons were originally Celts driven from South West England to North West … Surnames reference
British — O.E. Bryttisc of or relating to (ancient) Britons, from Bryttas natives of ancient Britain (see BRITON (Cf. Briton)). First modern record of British Isles is from 1620s … Etymology dictionary
British — /ˈbrɪtɪʃ/ (say british) adjective 1. of or relating to Britain and its inhabitants. 2. of or relating to the Commonwealth of Nations, the former British Empire, or their inhabitants. 3. of or relating to the variety of English spoken in Britain,… … Australian English dictionary
British — [brit′ish] adj. [ME Brittish < OE Bryttisc < Bret, pl. Bryttas, name of the Celt inhabitants of Britain; of Celt orig.] 1. of or pertaining to the ancient Britons 2. of Great Britain or its people, language, or culture 3. of the… … English World dictionary