Gallicism

noun

Gal·​li·​cism ˈga-lə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce Gallicism (audio)
variants or gallicism
1
: a characteristic French idiom or expression appearing in another language
2
: a French trait

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gallicism was circa 1656

Dictionary Entries Near Gallicism

Cite this Entry

“Gallicism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gallicism. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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