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Briticism

Syllabification: Brit·i·cism
Pronunciation: /ˈbridəˌsizəm
 
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(also Britishism /ˈbritiSHˌizəm/)

Definition of Briticism in English:

noun

An idiom used in Britain but not in other English-speaking countries.
Example sentences
  • Scholars of English in the US are as inclined to point out Briticisms as their colleagues in the UK are to point out Americanisms.
  • Specialism must be a Britishism, I told myself.
  • More open to interpretation is ‘off one's own bat ’, which certainly originates from cricket, but is not always marked as a Briticism in American dictionaries.

Origin

mid 19th century: from British, on the pattern of words such as Gallicism.

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