Definition of Anglicism in English:


Line breaks: An¦gli|cism
Pronunciation: /ˈaŋglɪsɪz(ə)m


  • 1A word or phrase that is peculiar to British English: this new autobiography is studded with Anglicisms like lorries, plimsolls, and doing a bunk
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    • Anyway, I bet they all feel the same way about our own impenetrable Anglicisms.
    • First up, we have a rather useful compendium of Anglicisms from
    • Americans may sometimes find the prose a bit daunting, the occasional Anglicism, misplaced modifier, and passive voice requiring a thorough rereading.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The quality of being typically English or of favouring English things.
  • 2A word or phrase borrowed from English into a foreign language: the French have as an irritating Anglicism: un toast
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    • What with all my pop-culture Anglicisms, I don't always do a terribly good job at nurturing an overseas readership, so it's good to form bridges across the water.
    • However, native coinages expressing resistance to Anglicisms include baladeur Walkman, cadreur cameraman, logiciel software, ordinateur computer, and rentrée comeback.
    • One of the many engaging peculiarities of the French is their conviction that their language - if they could only keep it pure of Anglicisms - is one of singular beauty and nobility.


mid 17th century: from Latin Anglicus, from Angli (see Angle) + -ism.

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