Meaning of Anglo-Irish in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaŋɡləʊˈʌɪrɪʃ/


  • 1Relating to both Britain and Ireland (or specifically the Republic of Ireland).

    ‘This legislation, together with its predecessors, effected a social revolution in Ireland long before the Anglo-Irish War of 1919-21.’
    • ‘In 1985 this resulted in the Anglo-Irish Accord, which gave the Republic a consultative role in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘Second, I will argue that she is, in particular, a major critic of the novel, especially of the nineteenth-century British novel, and specifically the English and Anglo-Irish novel.’
    • ‘Peaceful measures had clearly failed and the Irish Republican Army, which had fought the British during the Anglo-Irish war, re-surfaced.’
    • ‘By drawing on the form of the map, therefore, the novel necessarily engages a specific cultural and political geography of Anglo-Irish relations.’
    • ‘At the end of the Anglo-Irish War the name Sinn Féin was retained by Republicans who rejected the Treaty of 1921.’
    • ‘This required that the more ‘patriotic’ members of the Anglo-Irish body politic gradually regain power and influence over Ireland's affairs from the mother parliament in London.’
    • ‘Even more amazingly, only five years after a bloody Anglo-Irish war and Civil War, the king's daughter, Princess Mary, could come and holiday in the west of Ireland, with minimal security, and be warmly welcomed.’
    • ‘‘The Kick’ is the record of a lifetime's engagement with the fracturing tensions of personal life and with the more obviously violent legacies of Anglo-Irish history.’
    • ‘Asked about the effect on Anglo-Irish accord, he said: ‘It certainly helps the overall relationship.’’
    • ‘The team is also seeking to recruit two Irish men to take part in the 20-day trek, which Stratford-upon-Avonbased Anthony believes will be good for Anglo-Irish relations.’
    • ‘This was actually what happened and resulted in the Anglo-Irish war of early 1919 to 1921, or to give it the name by which it became known ‘The Troubles’.’
    • ‘After a hard fought contest for the Anglo-Irish title at Light-welterweight, 30-year-old Storey produced the better work to earn a majority decision.’
    • ‘He regretted that much of the county's history, in particular the Anglo-Irish aspect, had been downplayed if not deliberately excluded.’
    • ‘During this time he took a Masters degree course in Trinity College in Anglo-Irish literature and his interests gravitated towards Dublin.’
    • ‘The Queen may be preparing to make an historic visit to Dublin to signal the start of a new era in Anglo-Irish relations.’
    • ‘London and Dublin's efforts to revive powersharing could be dealt a heavy blow if the 860-member Ulster Unionist Council votes to reject an Anglo-Irish peace blueprint in what was expected to be a tight contest last night.’
    1. 1.1Of English descent but born or resident in Ireland.
      ‘an impoverished though aristocratic Anglo-Irish family’
      • ‘O'Connor was born in Ireland into a family of affluent Anglo-Irish landowners, and was articled to the local resident engineer.’
      • ‘He was born into an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family and after his schooling at Harrow, he joined the Army.’
      • ‘Born in Munich, of Danish and Anglo-Irish descent, he came to England from Dieppe in 1868 and remained cosmopolitan all his life.’
      • ‘Though Mrs. Von Wiegel, the Irish widow of a German Catholic in Sadlier's Old and New, passes for white and is descended from an Anglo-Irish family, Sadlier hails her as a true Irish woman.’
      • ‘Born into a relatively prosperous family of Anglo-Irish gentry, Edward Marcus Despard embarked on a promising military career in 1766.’
      • ‘Gregory was born into the Anglo-Irish landlord class, rulers by inheritance who were under increasing pressure from an emergent Catholic middle class and an indigenous nationalist movement.’
      • ‘Robert Browne was a member of the wealthy Anglo-Irish family whose principal seat was at Browne's Hill near Carlow town.’
      • ‘The Story of Lucy Gault follows the fortunes of this long-established Anglo-Irish family.’
      • ‘It was the arms of the FitzGeralds, Dukes of Leinster, a leading Anglo-Irish family, and it was first used in a national context in the insignia of the Order of St. Patrick in 1783.’
      • ‘From an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family, Alexander fought throughout the First World War, imperturbably and courageously, commanding a brigade at the age of 27.’
      • ‘Further, the outlaw's reason for existence (at least, his narrative function) is to resist the unjust law of the outsider, so the lack of integrity of English and Anglo-Irish adversaries is a foregone conclusion.’
      • ‘The danger of revolution came from Ireland, where small-holding and extremely insecure tenants were now engaged in an agrarian war with their English or Anglo-Irish landlords.’
      • ‘This was mainly because Parliament in Westminster was careful not to legislate too heavily against the landowning Anglo-Irish elite, which retained considerable influence in the English establishment.’
      • ‘Apart from its uniquely radical feminine history, Lissadell itself also contains a unique 400-year-old history of the Anglo-Irish landlords in Ireland, and one clan in particular.’
      • ‘Mrs Penrose, a neighbour, had all ‘the hallmarks of Anglo-Irish eccentricity’… including ‘an Edwardian schoolgirl's dialect in a high-pitched voice’.’
      • ‘The former is a re-creation of a summer-long affair in 1932 between Judi Dench's Imogen Langrishe, a member of the decaying Anglo-Irish gentry, and Jeremy Irons's Otto Beck, a mature Bavarian student.’
      • ‘Although admirers of this Anglo-Irish composer will cherish the comprehensiveness of Una Hunt's diligently played survey, there is really only one substantial work here: the Theme and Variations from 1920.’
      • ‘Fitzpatrick recounts Yeats' first words to Esson during a drawing-room gathering arranged by Yeats' patron and fellow Anglo-Irish writer, Lady Gregory.’
      • ‘That sounds a bit like The Irish Times at the beginning of the last century when it was the house journal of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy and famously dismissed as ‘that jaundiced journal of West-Britonism’.’
      • ‘It is also perhaps worth remarking here a possible parallel between Soyinka's position during the Nigerian Civil War and that of the Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift, although the latter was never imprisoned.’
    2. 1.2Of mixed English and Irish parentage.
      ‘Dr Watson's interest was aroused, he said, because he is the product of Anglo-Irish parentage that has resulted in very pale skin and a basal cell carcinoma that sits on the top of his head and has to be removed once every three months.’
      • ‘‘The Doc’, as Evatt was known, was born in Maitland, NSW, to Anglo-Irish parents.’
      • ‘His mother was Annie Jameson, the Anglo-Irish daughter of Andrew Jameson, distiller of Jameson's Irish whiskey.’
      • ‘He was born in Munich of a Danish-German father and an Anglo-Irish mother and he remained cosmopolitan.’
      • ‘However, it is still a shock, albeit a mild one, to go back to George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion to re-discover the Anglo-Irish dramatist hammering away at social prejudice and class distinction right to the last.’
      • ‘My father's Indian and my mother is Anglo-Irish.’
      • ‘I have inherited from my Anglo-Irish mother a strong eye.’
      • ‘But the man whose lack of education has barred him from effective lordship is, by birth, Anglo-Irish, and not native Irish at all.’
      • ‘She is Anglo-Irish and was brought up on the shores of Lough Neagh in Co.’
      • ‘From his second marriage, to Margo Callas, he has a daughter, Daisy, and from his third, to Annabel Davis-Goff, the Anglo-Irish novelist, he has two other children: Max and Jenny.’
      • ‘Murphy (perhaps that should be Ormsby-Murphy) is an Anglo-Irish poet and the book at first glance comes across as a free-ranging memoir of his own life and times.’
      • ‘A musical drama, this presented a nihilist portrait of the life of Anglo-Irish expressionist painter Francis Bacon told through songs and domestic drama.’
      • ‘Arriving with his doting Anglo-Irish mother in a London shivering at the memory of Jack the Ripper, Marconi only had one shot at success.’

plural noun

the Anglo-Irish
  • People of English descent but born or resident in Ireland.