blighty

[ blahy-tee ]
/ ˈblaɪ ti /

noun, plural blight·ies. British Slang.

(often initial capital letter) England as one's native land; England as home: We're sailing for old Blighty tomorrow.
a wound or furlough permitting a soldier to be sent back to England from the front.
military leave.

Origin of blighty

1885–90; < Hindi bilāyatī the country (i.e., Great Britain), variant of wilāyatī vilayet
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British Dictionary definitions for blighty (1 of 2)

blighty

blighty bird

/ (ˈblaɪtɪ) /

noun

NZ another name for white-eye

British Dictionary definitions for blighty (2 of 2)

Blighty

/ (ˈblaɪtɪ) /

noun (sometimes not capital) British slang (used esp by troops serving abroad)

England; home
(esp in World War I)
  1. Also called: a blighty one a slight wound that causes the recipient to be sent home to England
  2. leave in England

Word Origin for Blighty

C20: from Hindi bilāyatī foreign land, England, from Arabic wilāyat country, from waliya he rules
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