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The United Kingdom vs Great BritainAre you confused with terms "the United Kingdom" and "Great Britain"? Here is an explanation!
Status: September 2003
"The nation of Great Britain (usually shortened to Britain) is made up of tree countries: England, Wales and Scotland. The United Kingdom (UK) consists of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and some semi-autonomous islands such as the Isle of Man and the Channel Isles. The island of Ireland consists of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The latter, also called Eire, is a completely separate country to the former. The British Isles is a geographical term for whole group of islands that make up the UK and the Republic of Ireland."
GREAT BRITAIN [n] an island comprising England and Scotland and Wales UNITED KINGDOM [n] a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Irelandwww.hyperdictionary.com, 2003
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conventional long form: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland