Definition of Brexit in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbrɛksɪt//ˈbrɛgzɪt/


  • A term for the potential departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

    ‘the debates barely touched on the impact a Brexit might have on the City’
    ‘the report warned that Brexit would reduce the EU's potential GDP’
    • ‘Setting the course for a Brexit in the general election would weaken the EU.’
    • ‘Brixit fears have been heightened by a summit on the European Union budget, which started today in Brussels.’
    • ‘If Brexit is not to happen, then Europe needs to send this message quickly, clearly, and in a way that is somehow palatable to a country that doesn't want to listen.’
    • ‘Whilst 3 million jobs may or may not depend on our trade with the EU, relatively few would be lost through a Brixit.’
    • ‘The public, according to polls, don't trust statistics suggesting a "Brexit" might lose 3m jobs.’
    • ‘That means the Conservatives risk presiding over a Brexit and the break-up of the United Kingdom within five years.’
    • ‘As the Brexit debate has engulfed the island nation, political and business notables are queuing to take their stance on the issue.’
    • ‘Brexit then becomes an accepted fact, even before any in-out referendum is held.’
    • ‘A Brexit deal would be struck from weakness: they take 40% of our exports, we import just 7% of theirs.’
    • ‘Even though economists said that Brexit was costly and unlikely, they reckoned a Conservative election win was on the cards.’


2012: blend of British (or Britain) and exit, probably on the pattern of Grexit (coined earlier in the same year).