Meaning of Anglo-Indian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaŋɡləʊˈɪndɪən/


  • 1Relating to both Britain and India.

    ‘Anglo-Indian business cooperation’
    • ‘Kids were in sharp focus a few days ago, when the All India Anglo-Indian Association organised a programme called ‘Carols for you and me’, at the Bishop Ambrose Community Hall at Pothanur.’
    • ‘The call of the All India Anglo-Indian Association on the occasion of its 125th anniversary celebrations was to unite and move ahead.’
    • ‘In India a substantial Anglo-Indian army was raised, which landed in Basra in November 1914.’
    • ‘The story of a man inextricably linked with the history of a newly independent India, it paved the way for the later Anglo-Indian literary invasion.’
    • ‘Conducted by the Elite Circle, in association with Nikita Educational Advisory Board, it attracted students from not only the Matriculation and Anglo-Indian schools, but also the government and Corporation schools.’
    • ‘The second is Noel Barber's The Black Hole of Calcutta: A Reconstruction, his re-examination of the notorious incident which occurred in 1756 and which altered the course of Anglo-Indian history.’
    • ‘The designers worked on their Anglo-Indian décor brief for months finally constructing a centre-ridged, tent-like shell for the eatery to emphasise the British officers' love for camping in tents.’
    • ‘If you ever have a craving for a full-bodied curry, try the Brownson's Country Captain, delectable pieces of lamb curry with green chillies and malt vinegar, an Anglo-Indian delicacy.’
    • ‘The second Afghan war of 1878-1880 involved the massacre of the British staff in Kabul, and the comprehensive defeat of an Anglo-Indian army.’
    • ‘The UK's favourite food has changed from fish and chips to chicken tikka masala - an Anglo-Indian hybrid.’
    • ‘For the city is the location of one of the most affecting Anglo-Indian love stories to emerge from the three hundred-year interaction of the two peoples.’
    • ‘My great interest in Anglo-Indian contact in that period was the profound alienness of each group in the eyes of the other.’
    • ‘On Thursday I was so happy to attend a performance given by the amazing Anglo-Indian dance company, led by Akram Khan.’
    • ‘Thus began what was to be a fruitful interchange between Iranian and Indian foodways, later incorporating elements from Anglo-Indian cookery, and culminating in the present delightfully varied Parsi cuisine.’
    • ‘An Anglo-Indian force landed at Basra while another British force invaded from Transjordan.’
    • ‘When the train halted in Kharagpur, I happened to see posters for a match later that evening between an Army team led by Dhyan Chand, and an Anglo-Indian team (or maybe Bengal Nagpur Railway team) from Kharagpur.’
    • ‘Tyrell also labeled the ebonized and ivory tripod-base table in the Anglo-Indian taste shown in Plate X, but the penwork decoration on this table is quite different and clearly by a different hand.’
    • ‘Bombay Bangers started in 2000 when Patricia Forbes, a former professional caterer, rediscovered her family's private collection of Anglo-Indian recipes compiled during the days of the Raj.’
    • ‘More controversially, in his essay on Kipling Orwell looks beyond the jingo imperialism, moral insensitivity and aesthetic disgust and sees a certain realism in the portrayal of Anglo-Indian life.’
    1. 1.1Of Indian descent but born or living in Britain.
      ‘It is an unforgettable film exploring the loneliness of an elderly Anglo-Indian lady.’
      • ‘The book depicted a young Anglo-Indian man's coming of age in London.’
      • ‘Here's the story: A young Anglo-Indian girl loves to play soccer like her idol, English superstar David Beckham.’
      • ‘The other major thread to this film is that Jess, who's an Anglo-Indian girl, has parents who totally oppose her playing soccer.’
      • ‘He is of Anglo-Indian descent, but his dark skin marks him out as different in the predominantly white area of Nottingham where he has been born and bred.’
    2. 1.2Of mixed British and Indian parentage.
      ‘the middling positions were all held by Anglo-Indian people’
      • ‘Previously, it was not uncommon for British men to marry Anglo-Indian women, as there were few unmarried British women in India.’
      • ‘The representational strategies this body of fiction deploys in depicting Eurasians can be seen as a refusal to allow the history of the Anglo-Indian community into the official colonial narrative.’
      • ‘A pious and obsequious Anglo-Indian nurse named Mary offers to find milk for the child, which she succeeds in doing, without revealing her method to the depressed, ailing mother.’
      • ‘Not quite 10, I fell in love with an Anglo-Indian girl in my class, and by the time I reached my early teens I thought I knew everything there was to know about the opposite sex.’
      • ‘His time in India proved highly controversial among the Anglo-Indian community.’
      • ‘One of the highlights of the programme will be that every Anglo-Indian child born in 1980 will be honoured, as that was the year when the guild was formed.’
      • ‘The story, made into the English-language film 36 Chowringhee Lane by Sen in 1981, tells of a lonely Anglo-Indian schoolteacher who allows a former student to have romantic trysts in her apartment.’
      • ‘An old Anglo-Indian man drove them out and said to me, ‘They won't listen!’
      • ‘Then Isaacs passed away, turning the group into a trio. 2001 brought Trinity, with input by Anglo-Indian jazz artist Nitin Sawhney and Venezuelan hip-hoppers El Corte.’
      • ‘Mary's story is like a stone skipping across time. Aside from announcing her heritage and draping herself in the Union Jack, there is no history or background on how this Anglo-Indian woman came to be what she is.’
      • ‘Cheltenham, that cultivated spa town with its blend of elegant town houses inhabited by retired Anglo-Indian officers and officials, provided a good setting and target for Victorian novelists.’
      • ‘She was working on a book on Anglo-Indians and had come to meet me in Melbourne to talk about Fort St. George where the first substantial Anglo-Indian community had its beginnings.’
      • ‘There I found three seventeen year olds at work on their prep - Samir, Pradeep and Tony, a Muslim, a Hindu and an Anglo-Indian Christian respectively.’
      • ‘The comic tale of an Anglo-Indian boy constantly swapping identities, it was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and Guardian First Book Award.’
      • ‘The Union of Anglo-Indian Associations, on the other hand, has seen this move as an effort to put the Anglo-Indian community leaders in poor light.’
      • ‘Though, initially, there was some resistance to his nomination as the Anglo-Indian representative, the protest seems to have died down.’
      • ‘Some newspaper reports say that two of the protesters are Anglo-Indian, and the others are members of Solidarios con Itoiz, a Basque lobby group.’
      • ‘Mr. Hayden who runs a telephone booth in the mostly Anglo-Indian locality of Mettuguda, insists that he comes there only to read newspapers.’
      • ‘He forsakes his family for marrying his Anglo-Indian love.’
      • ‘Though the school runs a boarding house only for Anglo-Indian boys, as a special case, Manoj Wilfred, has been taken.’
    3. 1.3mainly historical Of British descent or birth but living or having lived long in India.
      ‘the late Colonel Knelle had been both Anglo-Irish and Anglo-Indian’
      • ‘Another was Reg Sellers, an Anglo-Indian leg-spinner who toured England with the 1964 Australians, playing a Test in the town of his birth, Bombay, on the way home.’
      • ‘This may have been a common experience for the children of middle-ranking Anglo-Indian families, but there is every reason to believe that it marked Kipling for the rest of his days.’


  • An Anglo-Indian person.

    ‘British, Anglo-Indians, and Indians did a splendid job’
    • ‘There were also a few Anglo-Indians in the 1840s. Then, between 1860 and 1900, large numbers of Sikhs and Punjabi Muslims arrived in the country, Indians in the country being estimated at around 3,000 in 1901.’
    • ‘‘About 90 per cent of railway employees were Anglo-Indians and this was called the Little England,’ said John D' Souza, who will retire from railways next year.’
    • ‘The book is a glimpse into the lifestyle of upper class Anglo-Indians, the hierarchy that governed their lives, the social dos and don'ts and the intricacies of life in a small, semi-British town in 1946.’
    • ‘Much of the cost of reconstruction was through public subscription, from military personnel and civilians, mostly Europeans and Anglo-Indians.’
    • ‘So they took away from the Anglo-Indians all the privileges they had grown to love and left them high and dry amongst people the Anglo-Indians now considered beneath them.’
    • ‘We also teach ballroom dancing, which is popular among Anglo-Indians.’
    • ‘Many of the finest cricketers produced by the State have been Tamils and Anglo-Indians.’
    • ‘Other misconceptions are that it was a game played only by expatriates or Anglo-Indians.’
    • ‘A petty vegetable vendor says, ‘Old Anglo-Indians still come here but business is not as good as it used to be when I was a little boy helping my father run the shop.’’
    • ‘My children, both pale white Anglo-Indians, are with my parents this summer.’
    • ‘Roberts's Scenes and Characteristics of Hindostan is light literature - a guidebook for tourists who seek the picturesque, and for Anglo-Indians, especially women, who wish to escape the tedium and entrapment of colonial life.’
    • ‘The debate over the ‘Indianness’ or otherwise of Anglo-Indians, as Caplan goes on to say, reached an abrupt conclusion through a recognition ‘of their future as one among many minority Indian groups’.’
    • ‘The years after the 1833 Charter Act saw Anglo-Indians again serving in military and civil posts, especially in the rapidly expanding railway, telegraph, and postal services, where they had a notable presence.’
    • ‘Faced with the imminent departure of those they looked to for patronage, Anglo-Indians were compelled to invent new positions for themselves in the emerging nation-state.’
    • ‘And yet, Anglo-Indians remain a distinct, albeit comparatively small, minority in contemporary India.’
    • ‘He says he refused to visit him because he has probably already come under the influence of the Anglo-Indians there.’
    • ‘These colonial apprehensions brought an end to the period of prosperity for Anglo-Indians.’
    • ‘The Colonel has many Indian friends, but despises Anglo-Indians, while Lucy yearns for some friends of her own race.’
    • ‘He is a middle-aged man who is too set in his ways to be influenced by the other Anglo-Indians.’
    • ‘The then helmsman of the Cochin Port, Robert Bristow was peeved when the European Club, later to be known as Cochin Club, denied membership to his wife, who was an Anglo-Indian.’