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[ang-gluh-fahyl, -fil]
  1. a person who is friendly to or admires England or English customs, institutions, etc.
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Also An·glo·phil [ang-gluh-fil] /ˈæŋ glə fɪl/.

Origin of Anglophile

First recorded in 1865–70; Anglo- + -phile
Related formsAn·glo·phil·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for anglophile

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Historical Examples

  • I should say the same had it been Anglophile or Francophile.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • Anglophile, too, and always ate porridge for breakfast—up till August 1914.

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

  • Both Tisza and the Austrian society showed strong symptoms of an Anglophile leaning.

    Albert Ballin

    Bernhard Huldermann

  • Three of these were Anglophile like himself, and the work seemed not only vitally necessary but promising.


    Joseph McCabe

  • He is an Anglophile, and was determined after the war to go to England in order to discover the secret of her greatness.

British Dictionary definitions for anglophile



  1. a person having admiration for England or the English
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  1. marked by or possessing such admiration
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Derived FormsAnglophilia (ˌæŋɡləʊˈfɪlɪə), nounAnglophiliac (ˌæŋɡləʊˈfɪlɪˌæk) or Anglophilic (ˌæŋɡləʊˈfɪlɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for anglophile



1864, in reference to France, from Anglo- + -phile. Both Anglomania (1787) and Anglophobia (1793) are first attested in writings of Thomas Jefferson.

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