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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English brytten, brutten, from Old English brittian, bryttian (to divide, dispense, distribute, rule over, possess, enjoy the use of), from Proto-Germanic *brutjaną (to break, divide), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreud- (to break). Cognate with Icelandic brytja (to chop up, break in pieces, slaughter), Swedish bryta (to break, fracture, cut off), Danish bryde (to break) and Albanian brydh (I make crumbly, friable, soft). Related to Old English brytta (dispenser, giver, author, governor, prince), Old English brēotan (to break in pieces, hew down, demolish, destroy, kill).

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brit (third-person singular simple present brits, present participle britting, simple 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.
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Etymology 2Edit

Probably from Middle English bret or birt, applied to a different kind of fish. See bret.

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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.

Etymology 3Edit

Short for brit milah.


brit (plural brits)

  1. brit milah



Gheg word. From Proto-Albanian *breita, from Proto-Indo-European *bhrēi-, *bhrī̆- (to pierce, cut with something sharp). Cognate to Lithuanian bárti (to scold, chide), Old Irish briathar (argument), Old Church Slavonic брати (brati, fight), Welsh brwydr (fight struggle).


brit f

  1. scream, yell
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