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[brit-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈbrɪt əˌsɪz əm/
a word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of or restricted to British English, especially as compared with American English, as lift compared with elevator or in hospital with in the hospital.
Also, Britishism.
Origin of Briticism
1865-70, Americanism; British + -ism, with -ic for -ish on the model of Gallicism, etc. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This phrase, of course, is a Briticism, and seldom used in America.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • In the one case the Briticism is the shorter, and in the other the Americanism.

    Americanisms and Briticisms Brander Matthews
  • Sometimes the difference between the Americanism and Briticism is very slight.

    Americanisms and Briticisms Brander Matthews
  • To use a Briticism, it was “cruel”; the corresponding Americanism was more appropriate—it was “fierce.”

British Dictionary definitions for Briticism


a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to Britain or its people
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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