- Briton Anglo-Fr. Bretun, from L. Brittonem (nom. Britto, misspelled Brito in MSS) "a member of the tribe of the Britons," from *Britt-os, the Celtic name of the Celtic inhabitants of Britain and southern Scotland before the 5c. Anglo-Saxon invasion drove them into Wales, Cornwall, and a few other corners. In 4c. B.C.E. Greek they are recorded as Prittanoi, which is said to mean "tattooed people." Only in historical use after O.E. period; revived when James I was proclaimed King of Great Britain in 1604, and made official at the union of England and Scotland in 1707.
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Briton — /brit n/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Great Britain, esp. of England. 2. one of the Celtic people formerly occupying the southern part of the island of Britain. [1250 1300; < ML Briton (s. of Brito); r. ME Breton < OF < LL Brittones Britons]… … Universalium
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