- 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.
Origin of Briticism
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Examples from the Web for briticism
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.
Sometimes the difference between the Americanism and Briticism is very slight.
To use a Briticism, it was “cruel”; the corresponding Americanism was more appropriate—it was “fierce.”The People of the Abyss
- a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to Britain or its people
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