noun (sometimes lowercase)

  1. a Briticism.
  2. the state of being English; characteristic English quality.
  3. a word, idiom, or characteristic feature of the English language occurring in or borrowed by another language.
  4. any custom, manner, idea, etc., characteristic of the English people.


  1. a word, phrase, or idiom peculiar to the English language, esp as spoken in England
  2. an English attitude, custom, etc
  3. the fact or quality of being English

1640s, “anglicized language,” from Latin Anglicus “of the English” (see Angle) + -ism. As an instance of this, from 1781.

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