- (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
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Examples from the Web for blighty
We reckon Harry will allow himself a glass of something bubbly on the plane back to Blighty this evening.
Queen Beatrix may be ready to pack up and go, but here in Blighty, like it or not, our Kings and Queens have a job for life.Queen Beatrix May Have Abdicated, But Queen Elizabeth Never Will, Insiders Say
January 29, 2013
It more likely means you are a working class lad from Blighty.'T-Rex' Will Never Be Extinct
August 13, 2010
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.Dastral of the Flying Corps
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
- NZ another name for white-eye
- England; home
- (esp in World War I)
- Also called: a blighty onea slight wound that causes the recipient to be sent home to England
- leave in England
C20: from Hindi bilāyatī foreign land, England, from Arabic wilāyat country, from waliya he rules
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