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nounplural noun Englishmen

  • A male native or inhabitant of England, or a man of English descent.

    ‘I believe it is my right as an Englishman to celebrate my national day and an infringement of my rights to stop celebrations.’
    • ‘Those fans who want an Englishman to run the national side will be encouraged by the football Premiership table this morning.’
    • ‘But none of the Englishmen will say that England will win.’
    • ‘They're people of her own sort, regular middle-class Englishmen and Englishwomen.’
    • ‘At one point there was an Englishman, an Irishman, a Welshman and a Scot on the first page of the leaderboard.’
    • ‘There were, then, good practical reasons why Englishmen should control the English Church and mould its character and personnel.’
    • ‘But his arrival changed the way that football is played in England, and the way it is played by Englishmen.’
    • ‘Firstly, I still believe that the England manager's job should have gone to an Englishman.’
    • ‘But he had declared of himself that he had been born in England, and that he was an Englishman.’
    • ‘He was an Englishman committed to his nation's titanic economic struggle against the Dutch.’
    • ‘Nor was the Finn thrilled by the prospect of having the abrasive Englishman for a team-mate next year.’
    • ‘Composed mainly of Germans and some Englishmen, the club was fanatically secretive about its activities, demanding that members abided by strict rules.’



/ˈiNG(ɡ)ləSHmən/ /ˈɪŋ(ɡ)ləʃmən/


    an Englishman's home is his castle
    British proverb
    • An English person's home is a place where they may do as they please and from which they may exclude anyone they choose.

      ‘The message is: it's a free country, and an Englishman's home is his castle - just as long as you don't happen to live under the ridiculous rules of a Residents' Association!’
      • ‘When I get back home… well, an Englishman's home is his castle, isn't it?’
      • ‘They will argue that it breaches one of the most basic rights of all: that an Englishman's home is his castle.’
      • ‘If an Englishman's home is his castle, his car must be his prized steed.’