a word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of or restricted to British English, especially as compared with American English, as lift compared with elevator or in hospital with in the hospital.
- Also Britishism.
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How to use Briticism in a sentence
To use a Briticism, it was “cruel”; the corresponding Americanism was more appropriate—it was “fierce.”The People of the Abyss | Jack London
This phrase, of course, is a Briticism, and seldom used in America.The American Language | Henry L. Mencken
In the one case the Briticism is the shorter, and in the other the Americanism.Americanisms and Briticisms | Brander Matthews
Sometimes the difference between the Americanism and Briticism is very slight.Americanisms and Briticisms | Brander Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for Briticism
a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to Britain or its people
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