Definition of anglophone in English:



  • English-speaking.

    ‘anglophone students’
    ‘the population is largely anglophone’
    • ‘Coupled with the pressure many anglophone nurses face from the French language tests, it's small wonder that many of them would seek climes that are both literally and professionally warmer.’
    • ‘The second case took place in the 1950s, by which time the reformism of the 1930s had sunk into a stultifying coalition: francophone religious and political elites allied with anglophone elites in business.’
    • ‘Those three anglophone thinkers each tried to provide a theory, right or wrong, to engage and elucidate some kinds of facts about human communication.’
    • ‘Another option is that it's a somewhat sophomoric, eurocentric brand of feminism incapable, through its own misinformed liberalism, of recognising anyone other than white, anglophone males as the enemy.’
    • ‘Her concern is with anglophone writing, and she carefully distinguishes between West Indian and Caribbean (and then moves gracefully between the two terms, with no quotation marks).’
    • ‘Francophone interests trumped - and will always trump - anglophone interests.’
    • ‘You'll find an article featuring 19 francophone and anglophone performers musing about the relationship of spoken word to literature..’
    • ‘Hatfield never managed to change the views of his party's anglophone supporters on language questions.’
    • ‘Thus, anglophone scholars may read not only the ethnographic descriptions of the items exhibited, but also Sonia Silva's thoughtful essay about collecting and presenting basketry.’
    • ‘The Gascon-Thomas Award, now in its 10th year, is always given to one francophone and one anglophone artist in recognition of a significant contribution to Canadian theatre.’
    • ‘But some younger white South Africans, especially those from anglophone backgrounds with higher education, went searching for new identities, not least Australian, British, and Canadian.’
    • ‘Although less well known among anglophone philosophers than his contemporary Hans-Georg Gadamer, Adorno had even greater influence on scholars and intellectuals in postwar Germany.’
    • ‘Arguably, it's the spirit of Hume that prevails in anglophone philosophy today, where the standard atheist position holds that there is a substantial balance of proof against theism.’
    • ‘In fact, anglophone residents from Ontario and New Brunswick would be more likely to meet francophones from Quebec in their own province of residence than westerners since these are the provinces Quebeckers are most likely to visit.’
    • ‘Although many of the great minds of nineteenth-century anglophone culture had been fascinated by the French Revolution and Napoleon, interest lapsed during the first half of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘Such incendiary observations may have alarmed some anglophone New Brunswickers, and the 1967 results essentially reproduced those of the previous two provincial elections.’
    • ‘I'm really sick of these stations not supporting local anglophone artists, who have to leave the province and go to the States, become famous there, come back and only then receive airplay.’
    • ‘We often hear francophones singing for their supper in English, at least here in Quebec, but rarely do we get anglophone singers from Ontario trying their darnedest to sing in French.’
    • ‘The current century is going to be the century of the global dominance of the English language, anglophone culture, and of the Anglo-Saxon derived polities - for both good and ill.’
    • ‘Except for a smattering of third world authors we hear little of Commonwealth and other anglophone literatures, and even less of post-colonial literatures in translation, let alone entire courses devoted to them.’


  • An English-speaking person.

    • ‘By fostering individual bilingualism in anglophones, the programme would also eventually produce qualified applicants for civil service positions.’
    • ‘The anglo community here in Montreal is made up of dozens of different ethnic communities, and the anglophones I know and have grown up with have embraced and are knowledgeable about other cultures.’
    • ‘But his vision continues to inspire Quebec anglophones.’
    • ‘This is especially important in areas where francophones intermarry with anglophones and are incapable of transmitting the French language to their children.’
    • ‘Having lived in 10 Montreal boroughs or neighbourhoods since I was born, I can honestly say that Verdun is not only the most bilingual area on the island, but also the one in which francophones and anglophones get along the best.’
    • ‘The period up to 1970, then, can be described as one in which the Liberals were heavily dependent upon francophone voters and the Conservatives upon anglophones.’
    • ‘In Quebec, the linguistic majority abuses the groups they call anglophones and allophones.’
    • ‘The Liberals, under Robichaud, were criticized for an underrepresentation of anglophones in their 1960-1970 cabinets.’
    • ‘He adapted and developed Cape Dutch motifs such as shutters and gables, reflecting a more general desire by anglophones to acclimatize to their surroundings and forge a British - South African identity.’
    • ‘It's largely the French that makes this city such an interesting place to live, despite the relative lack of decent jobs for anglophones and the trying winters.’
    • ‘However, her teenage coworkers marginalized her from contact with anglophones by not allowing her to interact with customers and by sending her off to sweep the floor while they chatted.’
    • ‘I console myself with the prose - not bad prose but pedagogic, over-correct prose - written by anglophones who have written French.’
    • ‘Considering North American population demographics, common sense would dictate that the need to speak English is greater for francophones than the need for anglophones to speak French.’
    • ‘They went to a day-care where the caregivers were anglophones.’
    • ‘Leong recalls his own recent staging of Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire, for the benefit of an audience of both anglophones and francophones.’
    • ‘Francophones and anglophones had seemingly few grounds to distinguish between the two parties for most of this period.’
    • ‘Despite the common portrayal of Canada's two major linguistic groups as ‘two solitudes,’ research shows that anglophones and francophones continue to hold similar values, distinct from those in the United States.’
    • ‘In McKenna's three elections as leader, the Liberals won 85 of 99 seats in ridings where anglophones comprised three-quarters or more of the population.’
    • ‘Tensions between francophones and anglophones have often driven the national political agenda in Canada.’
    • ‘There is always going to be a bit of separation between francophones and anglophones, but it's the love of this style of music that really unites people in the punk scene.’


Early 20th century (as a noun; rare before the 1960s): from Anglo- + -phone, on the pattern of francophone.