[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. blida,
  2. bligh,
  3. bligh, william,
  4. blight,
  5. blighter,
  6. bliksem,
  7. blimey,
  8. blimp,
  9. blimp out,
  10. blimpish

Origin of blighty

1885–90; < Hindi bilāyatī the country (i.e., Great Britain), variant of wilāyatī vilayet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blighty

British Dictionary definitions for blighty


blighty bird

/ (ˈblaɪtɪ) /


NZ another name for white-eye


/ (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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