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[ing-glish-ree or, often, -lish-]
  1. the fact of being English, especially by birth.
  2. 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 Englisch English + Anglo-French -erie -ery
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Historical Examples

  • Right must you be not to take back with you any of your Englishry—it's no place for them yet.

    The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II

    Henry James

  • This law of “Englishry” is often illustrated in old chronicles.

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  • It was high time that this object should receive the attention of the Englishry of the province as one of his letters indicates.

  • It was comprised in one word, which, as Clarendon tells us, was often in the mouths of the Englishry of that time.

  • Everything Saxon was vile, and the word 'Englishry' implied as much contempt and scorn as the word 'Irishry' in a later age.

British Dictionary definitions for englishry


noun rare
  1. people of English descent, esp in Ireland
  2. the fact or condition of being an Englishman or Englishwoman, esp by birth
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