An·​glo·​phile | \ ˈaŋ-glə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce Anglophile (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Anglophil \ ˈaŋ-​glə-​ˌfil How to pronounce Anglophile (audio) \

Definition of Anglophile

: a person who greatly admires or favors England and things English

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Anglophile or Anglophilic \ ˌaŋ-​glə-​ˈfi-​lik How to pronounce Anglophile (audio) \ adjective

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Even after fighting two wars against Britain, Americans continued to regard England with more fondness than perhaps any other country. For much of our history, Americans have sought to imitate the British in any number of ways—American movie stars even used to adopt British accents—and the two countries have long been close allies. But Britain isn't the only country Americans fall in love with; Francophiles (France-lovers), Germanophiles (Germany-lovers), and Italophiles (Italy-lovers) are also common. In the 19th century, Russian Slavophiles called for rejecting European culture in favor of homegrown Russian culture (Slavs being those who speak a Slavic language such as Russian or Polish). Occasionally phil- words are turned around; thus, someone who is philosemitic is a lover of Jewish culture.

First Known Use of Anglophile

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anglophile

French, from anglo- + -phile

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“Anglophile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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: a non-English person who greatly likes and admires England and English things

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