Definition of English disease in US English:

English disease


  • 1Any of various diseases or conditions thought to be prevalent in England, especially rickets. Frequently with the. Compare "English sickness". Now historical.

  • 2Any of various supposed disorders of the English economy, society, or foreign policy.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. From English + disease.


English disease

/ˈɪŋ(ɡ)lɪʃ dɪˌziːz/