[ang-gluh-siz-uh m]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. a Briticism.
  2. the state of being English; characteristic English quality.
  3. a word, idiom, or characteristic feature of the English language occurring in or borrowed by another language.
  4. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for anglicism

Historical Examples of 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


  1. a word, phrase, or idiom peculiar to the English language, esp as spoken in England
  2. an English attitude, custom, etc
  3. the fact or quality of being English
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Word Origin and History for anglicism



1640s, "anglicized language," from Latin Anglicus "of the English" (see Angle) + -ism. As an instance of this, from 1781.

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