Definition of Anglo-Irish in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaNGɡlōˈīriSH/ /ˌæŋɡloʊˈaɪrɪʃ/


  • 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.



/ˌaNGɡlōˈīriSH/ /ˌæŋɡloʊˈaɪrɪʃ/