Definition of Brexit in US English:



  • The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

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


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