[ang-gluh-fahyl, -fil]


a person who is friendly to or admires England or English customs, institutions, etc.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anglophile

Contemporary Examples of anglophile

  • Primarily because the way most of us in the west and Anglophile world view the history of the Great War is from the winning side.

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    How WWI Produced the Holocaust

    J.P. O’Malley

    November 21, 2014

  • Before they became Indian nationalists, the Nehrus were anglophile to the bone.

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    Hold Onto Your Penis

    David Frum, Justin Green

    November 29, 2012

  • His idea was eventually taken up by the Anglophile sports nut, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

  • The California Anglophile spent days before this trip poring over British gossip blogs to identify the hottest royal hangouts.

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    Invasion of the Harry Hunters

    McKay Coppins

    March 21, 2011

  • The founder, Motilal Nehru, an Anglophile barrister, was a liberal member of the Indian nationalist movement.

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    The Unstoppable Gandhi

    Aravind Adiga

    April 23, 2009

Historical Examples of anglophile

  • 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.

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    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




a person having admiration for England or the English


marked by or possessing such admiration
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper