noun, plural An·glos.
  1. a white American of non-Hispanic descent, as distinguished especially from an American of Mexican or Spanish descent.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) an English-speaking person in a place where English is not the language of the majority.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Anglos.

Origin of Anglo

First recorded in 1835–45; independent use of Anglo-


  1. a combining form of English: Anglo-Norman; Anglo-Catholic.

Origin of Anglo-

< Late Latin Angl(us) (see Anglic) + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anglo

Contemporary Examples of anglo

Historical Examples of anglo

  • The word itself serves to preserve a memorial of the nature of the institution, Rother being Anglo–Saxon for horned cattle.


    Clive Holland

  • The guns and wagons were loaded on a barge and sent across by the "Anglo Saxon."

    An Artilleryman's Diary

    Jenkin Lloyd Jones

  • Now in Lenny's mind there was pre-eminently that quality which distinguishes the Anglo Saxon race,—the sense of justice.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "Well, there is a pretty fair infusion of Anglo Saxon blood among our slaves, now," said Augustine.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • For the thoroughly genuine and artistic pageant Anglo Saxons have to go to Italy.

British Dictionary definitions for anglo


noun plural -glos
  1. US a White inhabitant of the United States who is not of Latin extraction
  2. Australian an Australian of Anglo-Celtic descent
  3. Canadian an English-speaking Canadian, esp one of Anglo-Celtic origin; an Anglo-Canadian


combining form
  1. denoting English or EnglandAnglo-Saxon

Word Origin for Anglo-

from Medieval Latin Angliī
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Word Origin and History for anglo



"American, English-speaking white person," 1941, southwestern U.S., from Anglo-American. Anglo was used similarly of native, English-speakers in Canada from 1800 and Britain from 1964.


from Medieval Latin Anglo-, comb. form of Angli "the English" (see Angle).

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