- a French idiom or expression used in another language, as Je ne sais quoi when used in English.
- a feature that is characteristic of or peculiar to the French language.
- a custom or trait considered to be characteristically French.
Origin of Gallicism
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Examples from the Web for gallicism
It is a Gallicism, but all the better, where one desires to be imperative, and yet vague.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
But this association proved so helpless that it could not even hinder the invasion of Gallicism in the eighteenth century.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
If any elegant scholar will translate that Gallicism for me literally, I shall feel obliged to him.Sword and Gown
George A. Lawrence
Boutefeu, a gallicism for incendiary: in Dryden's time it was a word of good reputation, but is now obsolete.
- a word or idiom borrowed from French
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Word Origin and History for gallicism
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