Anglophile

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noun An·glo·phile \ˈaŋ-glə-ˌfī(-ə)l\
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Anglophil

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Definition of Anglophile

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

Anglophile

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Anglophilic

play \ˌaŋ-glə-ˈfi-lik\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of anglophile

French, from anglo- + -phile


First Known Use: 1883


ANGLOPHILE Defined for English Language Learners

Anglophile

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Definition of Anglophile for English Language Learners

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

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