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Great Britain

Great Britain

WordNet



noun


(1)   An island comprising England and Scotland and Wales
(2)   A monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland
Wiktonary



Proper noun



  1. The island (and some of the surrounding smaller islands) off the north-west coast of Europe made up of Britain in turn made of Scotland,England and Wales.)
  2. (1707-1801) Abbreviation: GB.
  3. the UK.

Usage notes


In older writing the phrase 'Great Britain' is often used to mean the United Kingdom 1707-1801. Today it is rarely used in English except as a purely geographical term. In most contexts it is replaced by Britain.