Meaning of Briticism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbrɪtɪsɪz(ə)m/

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(also Britishism)
  • An idiom used in Britain but not in other English-speaking countries.

    ‘‘toy boy’ is a Briticism for a ‘gigolo’’
    • ‘Scholars of English in the US are as inclined to point out Briticisms as their colleagues in the UK are to point out Americanisms.’
    • ‘Specialism must be a Britishism, I told myself.’
    • ‘More open to interpretation is ‘off one's own bat ’, which certainly originates from cricket, but is not always marked as a Briticism in American dictionaries.’
    • ‘I got a new camera - a proper camera as the English would say (that's my favorite Briticism: proper).’
    • ‘The simulation is perfectly fluent; the program even writes in Britishisms: maths, programme, telly, labour.’
    • ‘She's reading an Ian McEwan book for school, and I have to help her with its Britishisms.’
    • ‘He comes from a party, he says, ‘that lost four elections on the trot’ (a wonderful Britishism for ‘in a row’).’
    • ‘A reader who knows put me right: ‘one-off is a Britishism that means single or one-time.’’
    • ‘Accordingly, I made a conscious effort to avoid overdoing the unfamiliar Briticisms and obscure pop-cultural references, providing explanations and links whenever they were needed.’
    • ‘This article chronicles some of these differences, although some of the proclaimed Briticisms here don't seem so British to me at all.’
    • ‘Co-workers of state employee Alice Meredith say that since a one-week trip to England last month, her use of Britishisms has become an annoyance.’


Mid 19th century from British, on the pattern of words such as Gallicism.