Definitions for gallicismˈgæl əˌsɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Gal•li•cism*ˈgæl əˌsɪz əm(n.)
a French idiom or expression used in another language.
a custom or trait considered to be characteristically French.
Category: Common Vocabulary
* (sometimes l.c.).
Origin of Gallicism:
1650–60; < F
a word or phrase borrowed from French
A loanword borrowed from French
a mode of speech peculiar to the French; a French idiom; also, in general, a French mode or custom
A Gallicism can be: ⁕a mode of speech peculiar to the French; ⁕a French idiom; ⁕in general, a French mode or custom. ⁕loanwords, words or phrases borrowed from French. In speaking or writing English, a Gallicism often results from a direct translation from French, giving an unidiomatic expression. False friends often provide occasions for Gallicisms: For example, using the verb to assist to mean to be present at is a Gallicism. So is "we haven't had much chance" to mean "we haven't had much luck."
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