Brit (n.) U.S. colloquial shortening of Britisher or Briton, 1901, formerly (like Britisher) highly offensive to Englishmen traveling in the States, who regarded it as yet another instance of the "odious vulgarism" of the Americans, but Bret and Bryt were common O.E. words for the (Celtic) Britons and survived until c.1300. In Old French, Bret meant "British, Breton; cunning, crafty; simple-minded, stupid."

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  • Brit — may refer to: *Briton **British Islands **United Kingdom *BRIT Awards *Bedford Road Invitational Tournament, a basketball tournament held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada *Botanical Research Institute of Texas *Brit, the young of a herring or a …   Wikipedia

  • Brit — [brɪt] written abbreviation forBritain orBritish * * * Brit UK US /brɪt/ noun [C] INFORMAL ► a British person: »The company has named a Brit to head its worldwide pharmaceutical operations …   Financial and business terms

  • Brit- — /brit / combining form Denoting contemporary British culture Britˈart noun A movement in British modern art originating in the 1990s Britˈpop noun A type of guitar based British popular music of the mid 1990s …   Useful english dictionary

  • brit — [brit] pl.n. sing. brit [Cornish < OCelt brith, varicolored; akin to Cornish bruit, speckled] 1. the young of the herring and some other fishes 2. small sea animals, esp. certain crustaceans, as copepods, eaten by the baleen whales and many… …   English World dictionary

  • Brit — Brit, Britt Britt, n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The young of the common herring; also, a small species of herring; the sprat. (b) The minute marine animals (chiefly Entomostraca) upon which the right whales feed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brit — [brıt] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: British] informal someone from Britain …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Brit — [ brıt ] noun count INFORMAL someone who comes from the U.K …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Brit — Brit1 [brit] Informal adj. British n. Britisher Brit2 abbrev. British …   English World dictionary

  • Brit — Brit, Küstenfluß im südlichen England, mündet 3 km unterhalb Bridport (s.d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • brit — /brit/, n. 1. the group of small marine animals forming the food of whalebone whales. 2. the young of herring and sprat. Also, britt. [1595 1605; perh. < Cornish brythel mackerel; akin to Old Cornish bryth, Welsh brith speckled] * * * …   Universalium

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