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 (brĭt′ĭ-sĭz′əm) also Brit·ish·ism (-shĭz′əm)
A word, phrase, or idiom characteristic of or peculiar to English as it is spoken in Great Britain.

[From Briti(sh), on the model of words such as Gallicism.]


a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to Britain or its people


(ˈbrɪt əˌsɪz əm)

also Britishism

a word, phrase, or other feature characteristic of or peculiar to British English.
[1865–70, Amer.; British + -ism, with -ic for -ish on the model of Gallicism, etc.]

Briticism, Britishism

a word or phrase characteristic of speakers of English in Britain and not usually used by English speakers elsewhere.
See also: English
a word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of or restricted to British English. Also called Britishism. Cf. Americanism, Canadianism.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Briticism - an expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English)
formulation, expression - the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"


[ˈbrɪtɪsɪzəm] N (US) → modismo m or vocablo m del inglés británico


nBritizismus m
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50) Scholastic's decision to apply liberal changes to The Sorcerer's Stone assumes that children will be unfazed by its awkward stabs at replacing a Briticism with its inexact American equivalent.
Belt and braces" is a Briticism that means being doubly careful to ensure nothing can go wrong as with the man who wears both a belt and braces, i.
Although movie Briticism has been around for a century, most of it has not been memorable, Podhoretz says.
In any case, it is of interest to note how Churchill very shrewdly strengthens his "deadlock" metaphor with this somewhat exotic Briticism.
And the occasional Briticism (the book was originally translated for Granta Books in 2002 before being picked up by Northwestern's Writings from an Unbound Europe series in 2003) reminds the American reader of the book's European origins--a point valid only on this side of the Atlantic.
Who's Who' is a splendid Briticism and ~Who was Who' is even better: phrases and publications which we invented and which others have been content to imitate, at some temporal remove.
Somewhat more controversially, for a dictionary that aims to give prominence to the American variety of English, KFD features a disproportionately high number of Briticisms, the most curious among them being items of Anglo-Indian provenance, such as, e.
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On several occasions, he uses Briticisms, once remarking that Will Hunting is "about that high" (instead of the more typically American expression of height: "about this tall").
The only exception came from the Wall Street Journal critic, who found the book full of awkward Briticisms and "devoid of personality.