Definition of Briticism in English:


Line breaks: Briti|cism
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪtɪsɪz(ə)m
(also Britishism /-ʃɪz(ə)m/)


  • An idiom used in Britain but not in other English-speaking countries: ‘Toy boy’ is a Briticism for a ‘gigolo.’
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    • 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.


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

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