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Englishry

[ ing-glish-ree or, often, -lish- ]
/ ˈɪŋ glɪʃ ri or, often, -lɪʃ- /
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noun

the fact of being English, especially by birth.
a population that is English or of English descent: the Englishry of Ireland.

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Origin of Englishry

1250–1300; late Middle English Englisherie<Anglo-French Englescherie, equivalent to Middle English EnglischEnglish + Anglo-French -erie-ery
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British Dictionary definitions for Englishry

Englishry
/ (ˈɪŋɡlɪʃrɪ) /

noun rare

people of English descent, esp in Ireland
the fact or condition of being an Englishman or Englishwoman, esp by birth
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