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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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  • You're going off to blighty, to Piccadilly, to dry boots and clean beds.

    The Glory of the Trenches Coningsby Dawson
  • I got six months in blighty, and haven't had the same luck since.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • The major's departure from the ward was the signal for a demonstration by the blighty squad.

  • He got a packet in the knapper this morning, and he's already on his way to blighty.

  • Shortly after this we had several casualties in Platoon 10—two or three were killed, and several wounded and got their "blighty."

    Into the Jaws of Death Jack O'Brien
  • 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
  • Sunburnt and healthy they looked as they shouted after us: "Good luck, boys, give our love to blighty."

    Attack Edward G. D. Liveing
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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