British Empire

British Empire
geographical name a former empire consisting of Great Britain & the British dominions & dependencies — see Commonwealth of Nations

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • British Empire — Brit′ish Em′pire n. why (formerly) the United Kingdom and the territories under the leadership or control of the British crown • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

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