What does United Kingdom mean?

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  1. A kingdom and sovereign state in Western Europe comprising the four countries of England, Scotland and Wales in the island of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland in the island of Ireland. Since 1922.
  2. (historical) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801–1922)
  3. (historical, informal) The Kingdom of Great Britain (1707-1801)
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While this law did not criminalise the act of prostitution in the United Kingdom itself, it prohibited such activities as running a brothel.
In 1815, the colony was elevated to the rank of kingdom upon the formation of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves.
The Acts of Union 1800, instituted in reaction to the Irish Rebellion of 1798, created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
This legislation applied not only to the United Kingdom and France, but also to their overseas colonies.
The Secretary for Scotland was chief minister in charge of the Scottish Office in the United Kingdom government.
The ROC was a defence warning organisation operating in the United Kingdom between 1925 and 31 December 1995 when it was stood down.

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