Definition of Anglo in English:



  • 1North American A white English-speaking person of British or northern European origin, in particular (in the US) as distinct from a Hispanic American or (in Canada) as distinct from a French-speaker.

    ‘they brought in Mexican workers to replace the Anglos on war duty’
    ‘there is a feeling among Anglos in Quebec that things will never be the same’
    [as modifier] ‘Anglo neighbourhoods’
    • ‘The lack of someone who provided high levels of mentoring among Hispanics compared to Anglos simultaneously may limit the Hispanic students' options in seeking alternative solutions to resolving personal and family problems.’
    • ‘This emphasis upon a shared European cultural and biological heritage allowed Anglos to claim the social privileges of whiteness for their Mexican spouses.’
    • ‘The Anglos, the Filipinos and others who weren't directly affected also knew why it was important.’
    • ‘In Orange County, however, approximately 94 percent of Latinos and 99 percent of Anglos have telephones.’
    • ‘Such an opinion reflected a new racial sensibility among many Anglos in the Southwest.’
    • ‘He points to the profound cultural differences between Hispanics and Anglos.’
    • ‘Middle-aged Anglos tend to describe it as a specific subset of the larger genre of Mexican food - one that involves yellow cheese enchiladas with chopped raw onions and chili gravy as served in San Antonio around 1955.’
    • ‘This movie, like Ana Kokkinos' Head On a few years ago, shows that cultural difference in modern Australia is not just a matter of the Anglos and the Aborigines, but also the Anglos and the immigrant-descended European communities.’
    • ‘Examining only women up to 44 years of age-the convention in most studies of fertility-may capture a majority of women during their peak years of fertility, but it leaves out more older women among Anglos than Latinas.’
    • ‘Native Americans had dwelled for 11,000 years along the San Pedro with little impact, yet a mere 20 years was all that was needed for Anglos to wreak major changes.’
    • ‘As an Indian agent in New Mexico in the 1850s, Carson had to balance competing desires and needs of Anglos, Apaches, Hispanos, Navajos, Pueblos, and Utes.’
    • ‘However, Forst and Lehman have previously shown that Hispanics and Anglos did not differ significantly on most of the variables used in these analyses, and the magnitude of any differences was quite small.’
    • ‘The action helped to galvanize an image among Anglos of Mexico as a power hostile to their interests.’
    • ‘Africans and their American-born descendents had to acquiesce - at least in the presence of Anglos - to white hegemony and languish as subjugated docile beings.’
    • ‘Hispanics are ‘more conservative, certainly’ than Anglos, he said.’
    • ‘In the cab were three Mexican kids and a skinny Anglo from town wearing ruined Lee jeans, a dust-covered denim shirt, and a humongous cowboy hat.’
    • ‘Mexican Americans support American core values at least as much as Anglos do.’
    • ‘When Frost retires, would an Anglo replace him?’
    • ‘First, Latin influence is hot right now… and most Anglos can't tell the difference between Spanish-fueled Latino and Brazil's Portuguese samba beat; it's all Latin America to them.’
    • ‘In 1903, the Clifton-Morenci strike arose from Mexican-American miners protesting racial prejudice in the mines, and a dual-wage system that paid Mexican miners less than Anglos for the same work.’
    1. 1.1Indian offensive An Anglo-Indian.
  • 2British informal A person selected for a Scottish, Irish, or Welsh national sports team who plays for an English club.

    ‘the Scottish Grand Slam side had four or five Anglos’
    • ‘And it raises fears that the Scots may also be denied Brown and three other Anglos for next summer's world cup qualifiers, also in Ireland.’
    • ‘Using his contacts in English football, he packed the national team with Anglos and instilled them with emotion.’
    • ‘The form of the Anglos comes as a timely boost for the Scottish Saltires, who play their National League debut against Durham Dynamos today.’


Early 19th century: independent usage of Anglo-.