short form for the formal name Great Britain, an Island located west of Europe part of the British Isle archipelogo. derived from the Roman name Britannia Major. the term Great is purely geographical to show a larger land north of Gaul (France). Britain comprises of 2 former kingdoms Scotland and England and the Principality, Wales. Great Britain and her constituant countries also make up most of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is not in Great Britain, but in the United Kingdom. The long formal name for the country The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The nation (and former kingdom) of England comprises most of the Island and also has the largest population

the nation (and former kingdom) of scotland comprises the most northern part of the island of Great Britain and is the second largest nation after england, although with a smaller population.

the nation (and former kingdom) of Wales, is located West of England. It is the smallest nation in Great Britain by area and population

Britain has played a vital role in world affairs being especially influencial in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many western offshoots such as Australia and the US were formed by Britain, although have formed sperate identities still share a large part of culture heritage and language.
Look on a map its north of France south of Iceland
If your able to read this, English was established in Great Britain.
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The only culture alive that can use the word "cunt" as any available part-of-speech.
by Filthy Rotten Cunt November 04, 2003
A nation that invented Football for the Brazilians, Cricket for the Aussies, Rugby for the Kiwis and Robbie Williams for the Gays
Hears to you Britain, shining ginger-headed pimple of the Atlantic
by a-nony-mouse September 02, 2005
Britain is a Sovereign state made up of Wales, Scotland and England. The superpower of the 19th century, Britain is still the fifth largest economy and owns (arguably) the 3rd most powerful armed force. Britain is home to almost 60 million people, 1/5th the size of the USA), or about the same as France and Italy.

Very small for it's population, Britain is one of the densest populated western nations. As the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), it is a member of the European Union.

Domestic problems in Northern Ireland have meant that Britain has had to deal with terrorism more frequently than most of its European counterparts. This issue has become less of a problem in the last 5 years, since the Northern Ireland assembly was set up and the IRA declared an indefinite cease-fire.

Once in possession of a number of Colonies, Britain now only holds a few smaller island colonies around the world.

Britain closest ally is still the USA, which it has held a special relationship with since the early 20th century.
Britain is mostly further north than Moscow, though it rarely snows!
by yak_dung January 14, 2004
A country by which all others set their standards. For such a small nation it's economic and political power is immense. Most things that were worth inventing were invented by the British including football (soccer for you Yanks) and spotted Dick. God save the Queen!
Bill "Hey John, i think Britain is a much better country than the U.S."

John "I agree, it's not full of wankers for a start"
by John Smith November 11, 2004
One of the coolest places ever. great cars. great culture and awsome tv shows
Britain ruled the world intill America came and screwed it up lol
by Rob From The USA August 25, 2004
aka England.(to the very ignorant)
aka Chavland. (to the British)
aka Scotland. ("Fucking Britain! I'm fucking scottish" said jock)

Now im not writing this defination to boast about how great, britain is. All of you already know about this and the name of Great Britain further emphazises the greatness.
I am also writing this to give misguided souls a true discription of Great Britain and to spell out common misconceptions.

No 1: Britain and England are not the same thing.
England is England. Are we all catching that?
Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales.

No 2: Not all British look like the "back end of a bus" (ugly)
Apart from myself and Price Charles that is.

No 3: Tony Blair is not a Wanker.
He is a tosser. (To the non-britons and idiots among you they are both detrogatory comments)

No 4: We dont all have crumpets at tea time.
Scones are favoured accompainment to a lovely Earl Gray.

In this short space of time you have now grown accustomed to Britain's traditions. I will now provide a translation for tourists on holiday to sunny Britain;

football = soccer
oh bollocks = oh shit
a bit of crumpet = a good looking girl
arseholes = assholes or alternatly the french
french = frogs or dirty bastards
"Come on them!" = "you my friend are ever so obnoxious and now you feel my wrath with the old traditional british duel. Jeeves fetch my dueling pistols!"

I am sure all of you will agree that these translations will certainly allow you to communicate more fluently with the average Briton. May i also add the last phrase; "Come on them" works most effectively with a cockney, scouse, brummy, geordie or scottish accent. Don't say it in the queen's english you will sound like a ponce.

I now come to end of my explantion for now i bid you farewell. And may God (who is British) jolly well bless you old chaps.

(I wonder if anyone has a sence of irony or pathetic fallacy)
"Of course God is British, the bible's written in english"

Please don't start sending me hate mail about how the bible was originally written in latin. Or if you don't believe in a God. Or if alternatly believe in Allah, or them indian Gods or if you are currently intoxicated and believe you are God and that you can fly etc.

"God save the Queen and Britain"
by Sir Dale esq August 22, 2006
The greatest of all nations on this earth; Britain has contributed so much to the world today as we know it. Also arguably one of the most belligerent nations, having had conflicts with France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Argentina, itself (i.e England against Scotland) and Ireland (to name only a few!) during its long and fascinating history. Many nations around the world have a real dislike of Britain, due to its resounding successes, a clear example of this being France. Britain invented ALL of the world's best sports; these include football (the real version), cricket, rugby and golf. The unrivalled leader of the ENGLISH speaking world, Britain has seen its native tongue corrupted by Americans and Australians amongst others. Although the era has passed when Britain ruled almost half of the world's population, its forever remains the benchmark for every country on all of the six continents.
Britain: need I say more?
by Dave Blyth July 15, 2005

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