The word British has several different uses. See the article on Britain for more details.
- In a geographical context, it usually applies to a person or object from Britain, which usually means the island of Great Britain, or possibly the British Isles collectively.
- In a political context, before the 1801 Act of Union, it applies to a person or object from the Kingdom of Great Britain; following that act, it often applies to the United Kingdom. This will certainly be the case when speaking of a person's nationality.
- In an historical context, it refers to a territory or person with allegiance to the British Empire.
- In a linguistic context, it refers to the various forms of the English language known as British English.
- In an ethnological context, it refers to the Brythonic people who once inhabited much of Great Britain.
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