Definition of Gallicism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡalɪˌsɪz(ə)m/


A French idiom, especially one adopted by speakers of another language.
Example sentences
  • The term ‘finance’ originated with the Old French finer (to end or settle, applied to indebtedness) and crept into other Romance languages as a Gallicism and into English via the Middle English ‘finance.’
  • One of the reasons given by Sprache in ‘der Politik’ for replacing Anglo-Americanisms with Gallicisms is that German already has lots of French words that could be used more often.
  • Well may he be said to follow the French Translator blindly; and less is the wonder that he adopts his Gallicisms where he happens to understand him.


Mid 17th century: from French gallicisme, from Latin Gallicus (see Gallic).

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