Definition of Anglo-Indian in English:

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Pronunciation: /aŋɡləʊˈɪndɪən/


1Relating to both Britain and India: Anglo-Indian business cooperation
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  • Kids were in sharp focus a few days ago, when the All India Anglo-Indian Association organised a programme called ‘Carols for you and me’, at the Bishop Ambrose Community Hall at Pothanur.
  • The call of the All India Anglo-Indian Association on the occasion of its 125th anniversary celebrations was to unite and move ahead.
  • In India a substantial Anglo-Indian army was raised, which landed in Basra in November 1914.
1.1Of Indian descent but born or living in Britain.
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  • It is an unforgettable film exploring the loneliness of an elderly Anglo-Indian lady.
  • The book depicted a young Anglo-Indian man's coming of age in London.
  • Here's the story: A young Anglo-Indian girl loves to play soccer like her idol, English superstar David Beckham.
1.2Of mixed British and Indian parentage: the middling positions were all held by Anglo-Indian people of mixed race
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  • Previously, it was not uncommon for British men to marry Anglo-Indian women, as there were few unmarried British women in India.
  • The representational strategies this body of fiction deploys in depicting Eurasians can be seen as a refusal to allow the history of the Anglo-Indian community into the official colonial narrative.
  • A pious and obsequious Anglo-Indian nurse named Mary offers to find milk for the child, which she succeeds in doing, without revealing her method to the depressed, ailing mother.
1.3chiefly historical Of British descent or birth but living or having lived long in India: the late Colonel Knelle had been both Anglo-Irish and Anglo-Indian
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  • Another was Reg Sellers, an Anglo-Indian leg-spinner who toured England with the 1964 Australians, playing a Test in the town of his birth, Bombay, on the way home.
  • This may have been a common experience for the children of middle-ranking Anglo-Indian families, but there is every reason to believe that it marked Kipling for the rest of his days.


An Anglo-Indian person: British, Anglo-Indians, and Indians did a splendid job
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  • There were also a few Anglo-Indians in the 1840s. Then, between 1860 and 1900, large numbers of Sikhs and Punjabi Muslims arrived in the country, Indians in the country being estimated at around 3,000 in 1901.
  • ‘About 90 per cent of railway employees were Anglo-Indians and this was called the Little England,’ said John D' Souza, who will retire from railways next year.
  • The book is a glimpse into the lifestyle of upper class Anglo-Indians, the hierarchy that governed their lives, the social dos and don'ts and the intricacies of life in a small, semi-British town in 1946.

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