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1A word or phrase that is peculiar to British English:‘this new autobiography is studded with Anglicisms like lorries, plimsolls, and doing a bunk’
- ‘First up, we have a rather useful compendium of Anglicisms from effingpot.com.’
- ‘Americans may sometimes find the prose a bit daunting, the occasional Anglicism, misplaced modifier, and passive voice requiring a thorough rereading.’
- ‘Anyway, I bet they all feel the same way about our own impenetrable Anglicisms.’
- 1.1[mass noun] The quality of being typically English or of favouring English things.
2A word or phrase borrowed from English into a foreign language:‘the French have as an irritating Anglicism: un toast’
- ‘However, native coinages expressing resistance to Anglicisms include baladeur Walkman, cadreur cameraman, logiciel software, ordinateur computer, and rentrée comeback.’
- ‘One of the many engaging peculiarities of the French is their conviction that their language - if they could only keep it pure of Anglicisms - is one of singular beauty and nobility.’
- ‘Nowadays, of course, we do not refer to a toast but always a piece of toast, but the French have as an irritating Anglicism un toast.’
- ‘What with all my pop-culture Anglicisms, I don't always do a terribly good job at nurturing an overseas readership, so it's good to form bridges across the water.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin Anglicus, from Angli (see Angle)+ -ism.
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