Definitions for gallicismˈgæl əˌsɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Gal•li•cism*ˈgæl əˌsɪz əm(n.)

  1. a French idiom or expression used in another language.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. a custom or trait considered to be characteristically French.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* (sometimes l.c.).

Origin of Gallicism:

1650–60; < F

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gallicism(noun)

    a word or phrase borrowed from French


  1. gallicism(Noun)

    A loanword borrowed from French

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gallicism(noun)

    a mode of speech peculiar to the French; a French idiom; also, in general, a French mode or custom


  1. Gallicism

    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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