Definition of Blighty in English:

Blighty

Line breaks: Blighty
Pronunciation: /ˈblʌɪti
 
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noun

British
1An informal term for Britain or England, used by soldiers of the First and Second World Wars.
1.1 military slang A wound suffered by a soldier in the First World War which was sufficiently serious to merit being shipped home to Britain: he had copped a Blighty and was on his way home
More example sentences
  • He copped a blighty over in Flanders and he was sent over here to recover.
  • Inflicting or otherwise causing a blighty wound was considered a capital offense, which was punishable by execution by a firing squad.
  • A few nights later he copped a ‘Blighty’ bullet in his leg and I last saw him in Dover Hospital in 1943.

Origin

first used by soldiers in the Indian army; Anglo-Indian alteration of Urdu bilāyatī, wilāyatī 'foreign, European', from Arabic wilāyat, wilāya 'dominion, district'.

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