An·​glo·​phile ˈaŋ-glə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce Anglophile (audio)
variants or less commonly Anglophil
: a person who greatly admires or favors England and things English
Anglophile adjective
or Anglophilic

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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.

Examples of Anglophile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crombie is a lifelong Anglophile who lived in the United Kingdom for a time before returning to North Texas, where she was born and raised. Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2023 No doubt Sontag would have recognized that the series’ Anglophile novelty (despite rampant contempt for Western patriarchy) also plays into the inferiority complex that still oppresses Americans. Armond White, National Review, 24 Aug. 2022 With the help of chivalrous Anglophile the Marquis de Chassagne (Lambert Wilson), Mrs. Harris gets a front-row showroom seat for the debut of Dior’s 10th anniversary collection. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2022 An Anglophile who was profoundly interested in history, Abbott was a member of the Churchill Society – he was known for his spot-on Winston Churchill impersonation – and chairman of the board of the National World War II Museum. John Pope,, 3 Aug. 2020 My roommate at the time was an Anglophile from Singapore, who was well connected to the British pop culture scene. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2012

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Word History


French, from anglo- + -phile

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anglophile was in 1883

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“Anglophile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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