Pronunciation Verb

brit (brits, present participle britting; past and past participle britted)

  1. (transitive) To break in pieces; divide.
  2. (transitive) To bruise; indent.
  3. (intransitive) To fall out or shatter (as overripe hops or grain).
  4. (intransitive, dialectal) To fade away; alter.

brit (plural brit)

  1. One of the young of herrings, sprats, etc.
  2. One of the tiny crustaceans, of the genus Calanus, that are part of the diet of right whales.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick
      The edges of these bones are fringed with hairy fibres, through which the Right Whale strains the water, and in whose intricacies he retains the small fish, when openmouthed he goes through the seas of brit in feeding time.

brit (plural brits)

  1. brit milah

1901, either a shortening of Britisher or Briton, or a back-formation from British#English Pronunciation Noun

brit (plural brits)

  1. (informal, formerly offensive) A British person.
  2. A Brit Award, a prize for musicians in Britain.


  1. Abbreviation of British#English|British.
Proper noun
  1. Abbreviation of Britain#English|Britain.
  2. (lexicography) Abbreviation of British English#English|British English.

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