Definition of Briton in US English:



  • 1A citizen or native of Great Britain.

    • ‘A portrait of the nurse Mary Seacole, recently named the greatest black Briton, has been discovered more than 100 years after her death.’
    • ‘I will make it my aim to run faster than any other Briton by the end of the season, just to prove that the selectors are completely crooked.’
    • ‘Thirteen people proudly stepped forward to swear the oath of allegiance to Queen and country to become new Britons at the first Citizenship Ceremony to be held in Rochdale.’
    • ‘He was joined on the row by Dutchman Jurgen van den Goorbergh, fifth-fastest on his Honda twin, the Suzuki of Japan's Nobuatsu Aoki and the Aprilia of Briton Jeremy McWilliams.’
    • ‘Quinn, a 35-year-old Briton, was supposed to take charge of the New York City Ballet orchestra during the winter season just passed.’
    • ‘A simple memorial to another young Briton who died in the first tower will see a private family gathering overlooking the hills of the Derbyshire Peak District, a short bus ride from Sheffield.’
    • ‘More than a decade ago, another Briton, William Dalrymple, set out from the Mediterranean for Xanadu, Kublai Khan's legendary capital in China.’
    • ‘Two US citizens and one Briton were abducted from a house in one of Baghdad's wealthier suburbs yesterday, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.’
    • ‘A 35-year-old Briton languishing in a Bangkok jail under sentence of death for a crime he says he did not commit is planning to protest his innocence by refusing to plead for a royal pardon.’
    • ‘After all, as curry tops the list here for Briton's favourite foods, even in France (where food tends to be pretty good) couscous has become the nation's preferred dish!’
    • ‘He replaces Geoff Unwin, a 59-year-old Briton who is taking a long-planned retirement after 11 years at the company.’
    • ‘But with the 29-year-old Briton pegged at 6 to 1 to win this year, rain is unlikely to dampen the spirits of die-hard Henman fans.’
    • ‘If you search here for the same first name, you'll find 20 more Americans with such a first name, plus one Canadian and one Briton.’
    • ‘It's a real moment to make, I think, every Briton proud.’
    • ‘Armed militants seized nine foreign oil workers, including one Briton, after launching a wave of attacks across Nigeria's troubled Niger delta yesterday, blowing up oil and gas pipelines in the process.’
    • ‘In her favoured event, the triple jump, another second with a distance of 12. 94m made her the highest placed Briton, as the Belgian Sandra Swennen took the title.’
    • ‘They will outline how Ministers will be granted legal authority to create a database of every Briton's name, address, photograph and biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans.’
    • ‘Albert Hill was the first - and before last night, the only - Briton to have completed the middle-distance double at an Olympic Games, writes Richard Lewis’
    • ‘I think most Britons were shocked that their fellow citizens held such resentment towards them.’
    • ‘Shortly after lunchtime UK time, the 30-year-old Briton will line-up on the Verrazano Bridge as favourite to win the New York City Marathon.’
    1. 1.1 A person of British descent.
      • ‘Standing on a stage and also visible on a huge TV screen overlooking the square, Mr Netanyahu thanked British Jews and all Britons for their support.’
      • ‘Hundreds of Britons besieged the British Embassy.’
      • ‘Sixty-nine Britons or British companies are listed.’
      • ‘Ten days before the general election an NOP poll showed that 60% of Britons wanted British troops out by the end of this year.’
      • ‘The big cheques were signed by Britons or British-based entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘There's a very good reason that the many Britons who settle in British Columbia come to the island and make their homes in Victoria.’
  • 2One of the people of southern Britain before and during Roman times.

    • ‘There is evidence that Arthur was a Romano-British Soldier - the child of a mixed marriage between a Roman and a Briton.’
    • ‘Another option is to test for interaction between Roman soldiers and local Britons, by searching for African DNA in the local gene pool.’
    • ‘Imposing as it was, the colonia must have been a constant reminder to the Britons of Roman rule and military dominance.’
    • ‘The Roman conquest of southern Britain was a highly significant event which set Briton against Briton.’
    • ‘When the Romans left Britain, the Britons did not use their roads.’
    • ‘This was told in several impressive episodes, from primeval Britons through Romans, Saxons and Stuarts.’
    • ‘At the decisive Battle of Medway it was he who crossed the river at the head of both his legion and a band of ‘Celtic’ auxiliaries, and routed the Britons.’
    • ‘However, the Romans fought off the Britons who withdrew.’
    • ‘Even in north western England there were plenty of Picts and probably settlements of Irish raiders who were the real enemies of the Britons at the beginning of the Saxon incursion.’
    • ‘We are more like the Britons, with the Romans preparing to leave.’
    • ‘In this story the Britons and Romans were defeated by the Saxons and sailed away to South America to start a civilisation called Roman America.’
    • ‘In 406 and 409 the Britons rebelled against Roman rule.’
    • ‘By ad 80, according to Tacitus, the Britons were widely adopting Roman fashion in housing, clothing, language, and diet.’
    • ‘One other effect this had was to cause many Britons to leave these shores for northern Gaul, turning the peninsula of Armorica into Brittany.’
    • ‘However, historians do accept that it was a major victory for the Romans that once again asserted their authority over the Britons.’
    • ‘At least in its outward forms, this religion does not look so very different from that of the pagan Britons under Roman rule.’
    • ‘David Shotter mentions it briefly in his book, Romans and Britons in North West England.’
    • ‘Unlike the armoured Romans, Britons mostly wore little or no body protection and depended on speed, impetus, and the long slashing sword.’
    • ‘That said, it is clear that some time in the 5th century the Britons broke away at last from Roman central authority.’
    • ‘Historians believe that these rolls predate the faith, and began with ancient Greeks, Romans, and Britons.’


From Old French Breton, from Latin Britto, Britton-, or its Celtic equivalent.