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From Middle Welsh Prydein, from early Proto-Brythonic *Pritanī, a variant of *Pritenī, which survives in Prydyn ‎(Picts) and as an early borrowing in Old Irish Cruthin, Irish Cruithne ‎(Picts). The Modern Welsh continuation of Latin Brittānia, in contrast, is Brython.

Proper noun[edit]

Prydain f

  1. Britain
    Maen nhw'n byw ym Mhrydain Fawr rwan. ― Now they live in Great Britain.

Usage notes[edit]

In medieval texts, the term often refers to the northernmost part of the island, beyond the Forth and Clyde. Where the island as a whole is meant, the phrase Ynys Prydain (Latin insula Britanniae, "Isle of Britain") is commonly used.

Derived terms[edit]


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
Prydain Brydain Mhrydain Phrydain
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.