[ ang-gluh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈæŋ gləˌsɪz əm /

noun (sometimes lowercase)

a Briticism.
the state of being English; characteristic English quality.
a word, idiom, or characteristic feature of the English language occurring in or borrowed by another language.
any custom, manner, idea, etc., characteristic of the English people.

Origin of Anglicism

1635–45; < Medieval Latin Anglic(us) English + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anglicism

  • The Anglicism of terminating the sentence with a preposition is rejected.

    The Verbalist|Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • We avoid them, which it is not difficult to do, as we have the brand of Protestantism and Anglicism upon us.

British Dictionary definitions for anglicism

/ (ˈæŋɡlɪˌsɪzəm) /


a word, phrase, or idiom peculiar to the English language, esp as spoken in England
an English attitude, custom, etc
the fact or quality of being English
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