english vs british :

english or british

Americans tend to use the terms “British” and “English” interchangeably, but Great Britain is made up of England plus Scotland and Wales. If you are referring to this larger entity, the word you want is “British.” Britons not from England resent being referred to as “English.”

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  • n  an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
  • n  the people of England
  • n  the discipline that studies the English language and literature
  • n  (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture or people
  • a  of or relating to the English language

  • n  the people of Great Britain
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture
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