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Etymology edit

From united +‎ kingdom, first attested from 1706.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /juːˌnaɪ.tɪd ˈkɪŋ.dəm/, /jʊˌnaɪ.tɪd ˈkɪŋ.dəm/, /jəˌnaɪ.tɪd ˈkɪŋ.dəm/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋdəm
  • Hyphenation: U‧nit‧ed King‧dom

Proper noun edit

the United Kingdom

  1. A kingdom and sovereign state in Western Europe comprising the four countries of England, Scotland and Wales on the island of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland on the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland since 1922.
  2. (historical) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801–1922).
  3. (historical, informal, nonstandard) The Kingdom of Great Britain (1707–1801).
  4. (nation's name) Kingdom consisting of several constituencies, actual, historical, or hypothetical.
    the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves
    the United Kingdom of Sweden and Norway

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