Gallicism

noun
Gal·​li·​cism | \ ˈga-lə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce Gallicism (audio) \
variants: or gallicism

Definition of Gallicism

1 : a characteristic French idiom or expression appearing in another language
2 : a French trait

First Known Use of Gallicism

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Gallicism

borrowed from French gallicisme, from Latin Gallicus gallic + French -isme -ism

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The first known use of Gallicism was circa 1656

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“Gallicism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gallicism. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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