Definition of Anzac in English:



  • 1A soldier in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (1914–18).

    • ‘For me, the Anzac heroes are those Australian & New Zealand soldiers who fought for their country in a foreign land far from their home.’
    • ‘His hero emerged as a figure of sacrifice, a six-foot Anzac toiling interminably across Gallipoli's slopes rescuing injured diggers.’
    • ‘The Turkish battleship Turgud Reis manoeuvred in the Dardanelles to disrupt the Anzac landings, firing across the peninsula.’
    • ‘That particular site and the collection in the museum make the Anzac service a particularly moving experience for those who attend.’
    • ‘The Anzac soldier is cast as martyr, but at no point does the commentary become maudlin.’
    • ‘When most people think about Australian national identity, the images they remember are overwhelmingly blokey - drovers, surfies, lifesavers, Anzac soldiers.’
    • ‘Able Seaman Beth Winterhalter had the honour of playing this historic bugle during the Anzac ceremony at Gallipoli.’
    • ‘On April 25, 1915, the Anzacs landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula and carved a special place in our history.’
    • ‘Australasian popular culture culminated with the Anzacs at Gallipoli, but the same event re-emphasised NZ's distinctiveness.’
    • ‘On Sunday, we again have the opportunity to remember both the sacrifice of our Anzacs at Gallipoli and honour the memory of the more than 102,000 Australian men and women who have died in all conflicts to protect our freedom.’
    • ‘New Zealanders seek out Anzac Day services in ever-growing numbers - last year visitors to the Anzac memorials in Gallipoli numbered more than 20,000.’
    • ‘The Codford area has had a long history with Anzac soldiers, during World War I large training and transfer camps were established for the tens of thousands of troops waiting to move to France.’
    • ‘Given the symbolic potency of the Anzac legend, the Australian War Memorial has long held a central place in mainstream Australian national identity.’
    • ‘As we commemorate Anzac Day, we remember with gratitude the sacrifice that was made by the Anzacs and the hundreds of thousands of Australian servicemen and women who have served in wars and conflicts and peace operations since that time.’
    • ‘This article suggests that it is possible to demythologise Gallipoli while still honouring the sacrifice of the Anzacs and the Allied soldiers who fell on the peninsula in 1915.’
    • ‘Serving as part of the Coalition against Terrorism, SASR troops gathered alongside New Zealand, British and American soldiers to remember the Anzacs.’
    • ‘To summarise, today we have been remembering the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, and all those who have given their lives in the service of this country since then.’
    • ‘There are two names writ large in the Australian psyche: the Anzacs, and Donald George Bradman.’
    • ‘I wanted the song to be anti-war but also a tribute to the courage of the Anzacs.’
    • ‘We weep for the memory of wasted young lives because in the Anzac spirit young Australians see themselves: the cosmopolitan spirit of curiosity, adventure, good humour and humility.’
    1. 1.1informal A person from Australia or New Zealand, especially a member of the armed services.