verb (used with or without object), An·gli·cized, An·gli·ciz·ing.

(sometimes lowercase) to make or become English in form or character: to Anglicize the pronunciation of a Russian name.

Also especially British, An·gli·cise.

Origin of Anglicize

1700–10; < Medieval Latin Anglic(us) English + -ize
Related formsAn·gli·ci·za·tion, nounde-An·gli·cize, verb (used with object), de-An·gli·cized, de-An·gli·ciz·ing.half-An·gli·cized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anglicized

Contemporary Examples of anglicized

  • The document, written in flawless English, is signed Andrew Barwick, an anglicized version of his name.

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    Britain’s Right-Wing Hate

    William Underhill

    July 25, 2011

Historical Examples of anglicized

  • When the Americans were established on its banks they anglicized this name into St. Peter's.

    Old Fort Snelling

    Marcus L. Hansen

  • Finally he came back to Paris, anglicized to his very galoshes.

    The Bibliotaph

    Leon H. Vincent

  • Also known as the doblon de à 8; Anglicized as “piece of eight.”

  • They are then said to be naturalized, or Anglicized, or Englished.

    An English Grammar

    W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

  • It is the anglicized version of the French word "ronce" for brier or bramble and "verte" for green.

    How Justice Grew

    Martha W. (Martha Woodroof) Hiden

British Dictionary definitions for anglicized


anglicise anglify (ˈæŋɡlɪˌfaɪ)

verb -cizes, -cizing, -cized, -cises, -cising, -cised, -fies, -fying or -fied

(sometimes capital) to make or become English in outlook, attitude, form, etc
Derived Formsanglicization or anglicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for anglicized



1710, with -ize + Medieval Latin Anglicus "of the English," from Angli "the Angles" (see Angle). Related: Anglicized; anglicizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper