Definition of Briticism

1. Noun. An expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English).

Exact synonyms: Anglicism, Britishism
Generic synonyms: Expression, Formulation

Definition of Briticism

1. n. A word, phrase, or idiom peculiar to Great Britain; any manner of using a word or words that is peculiar to Great Britain.

Definition of Briticism

1. Noun. A word or figure of speech used in Britain exclusively or primarily. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Briticism

Britannia metal
Britannia silver
Briticism (current term)
British Approved Name
British Asian
British Broadcasting Corporation
British Cabinet
British Central Africa
British Columbia
British Columbian
British Columbians
British Commonwealth
British Crown
British Crown dependency
British East India Company

Literary usage of Briticism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Parts of Speech: Essays on English by Brander Matthews (1901)
"Before a word or a phrase can properly be called a Briticism or an Americanism there must be JV its own side of the Atlantic. Right away for proof that it ..."

2. The Bookman (1898)
"He is guilty once of the Gallo-Briticism of " costumier" for " costumer," and ... of another Gallo-Briticism for which there is really no excuse, " Mdlle. ..."

3. Essays on English by Branden Matthews (1921)
"Rough, a Briticism for loafer, is now in reputable use among all who write English; and perhaps a corresponding Americanism, tough, will also be promoted, ..."

4. The American Language: An Inquiry Into the Development of English in the by Henry Louis Mencken (1921)
"The former is a Briticism borrowed in America. ... Mucker, a brilliant Briticism, almost unknown in America, is listed between movie and ..."

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