or gal·li·cism

[ gal-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈgæl əˌsɪz əm /


a French idiom or expression used in another language, as Je ne sais quoi when used in English.
a feature that is characteristic of or peculiar to the French language.
a custom or trait considered to be characteristically French.

Origin of Gallicism

From the French word gallicisme, dating back to 1650–60. See Gallic, -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gallicism


/ (ˈɡælɪˌsɪzəm) /


a word or idiom borrowed from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gallicism



"French word or idiom," 1650s, from Gallic + -ism.

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