an·​gli·​cism ˈaŋ-glə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce anglicism (audio)
often capitalized
: a characteristic feature of English occurring in another language
: adherence or attachment to English customs or ideas

Examples of anglicism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the roughly 800,000 words in the typical Italian dictionary, there are around 9,000 anglicisms, or 1.1% of the total. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Medieval Latin anglicus English

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anglicism was in 1642

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“Anglicism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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