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Hibernicism

[ hahy-bur-nuh-siz-uhm ]
/ haɪˈbɜr nəˌsɪz əm /
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noun

an idiom or characteristic peculiar to Irish English or to the Irish.

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Also Hi·ber·ni·an·ism [hahy-bur-nee-uh-niz-uhm]. /haɪˈbɜr ni əˌnɪz əm/.

Origin of Hibernicism

1750–60; <Medieval Latin Hibernic(us) Hibernian (Hibern(ia) Hibernia + -icus-ic) + -ism
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Example sentences from the Web for Hibernicism

  • When it was brought to me, my toast (to use an Hibernicism) proved to be bread-and-butter.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy|G. W. [George William] Foote
  • I well remember on one occasion when I was young in literature perpetrating a pretty strong Hibernicism in one of my books.

  • "'T was merely a little Hibernicism, for which I beg your Eminence's indulgence," laughed she.

British Dictionary definitions for Hibernicism

Hibernicism

Hibernianism (haɪˈbɜːnɪəˌnɪzəm)

/ (haɪˈbɜːnɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

an Irish expression, idiom, trait, custom, etc
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