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[blahy-tee] /ˈblaɪ ti/
noun, plural blighties. British Slang.
(often initial capital letter) England as one's native land; England as home:
We're sailing for old Blighty tomorrow.
a wound or furlough permitting a soldier to be sent back to England from the front.
military leave.
Origin of blighty
1885-90; < Hindi bilāyatī the country (i.e., Great Britain), variant of wilāyatī vilayet Unabridged
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  • blighty was a very desirable country, but in it you were compelled to think.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • He takes no risks who has secured the coveted pass to blighty.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • I got six months in blighty, and haven't had the same luck since.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • He got a packet in the knapper this morning, and he's already on his way to blighty.

  • I can hardly realise that the time has come for me to go back to blighty.

    Sixty Squadron R.A.F. Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott
  • Thought you was alf-way to blighty by now, said Billy Simson.

    Grapes of wrath Boyd Cable
  • We agreed with him, but pretended to envy his certainty of a "blighty."

    Fighting the Boche Underground

    Harry Davis Trounce
British Dictionary definitions for blighty


(NZ) another name for white-eye


noun (sometimes not capital) (Brit, slang, used esp by troops serving abroad)
England; home
(esp in World War I)
  1. Also called a blighty one. a slight wound that causes the recipient to be sent home to England
  2. leave in England
Word Origin
C20: from Hindi bilāyatī foreign land, England, from Arabic wilāyat country, from waliya he rules
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