[ing-glish-muh n or, often, -lish-]

noun, plural Eng·lish·men.

a native or a naturalized citizen of England.
an English ship.

Origin of Englishman

before 950; Middle English; Old English Engliscman. See English, man1
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Historical Examples of englishman

  • My granddaughter, you may have heard, is engaged to an Englishman.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "May have its comb clipped if it make over-much noise," broke in an Englishman.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I have never seen a man get off his horse as quick as did that stranger Englishman.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And to that old French province the Englishman of the colonies must go to find his country!

    Old News

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • With only whiskers nobody could take Monsieur for anything but an Englishman.

British Dictionary definitions for englishman


noun plural -men

a male native or inhabitant of England
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Word Origin and History for englishman


Old English Engliscman, from English (n.1) + man (n.). Englishwoman is from c.1400. Englander "native of England" is from 1820; in some cases from German Engländer.

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