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From English +‎ -ry, in legal senses after Anglo-Norman englescherie, englecherie. Compare Late Latin Anglescheria, Englescheria (the state of being English).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɪŋ(ɡ)lɪʃɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɪŋ(ɡ)lɪʃɹi/
  • Hyphenation: Eng‧lish‧ry


Englishry pl (plural only)

  1. (now historical) Those people living in Ireland or in Wales who are of English descent (chiefly with definite article). [from 15th c.]
    Coordinate term: Irishry


Englishry (countable and uncountable, plural Englishries)

  1. (uncountable) Englishness. [from 19th c.]
    • 1956, Anthony Burgess, Time for a Tiger (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 50:
      Blue-eyed women he believed there were in Kashmir, but here was the mythical Englishry of fair hair as well.
    • 1969, Doris Lessing, The Four-Gated City, Flamingo 1993 edition, page 635:
      It is these people who, taking with them so much furniture and Englishry of all kinds have set up everywhere communities with names like ‘Little England’, ‘Newest England’, ‘England Again’ which are more English than England ever was.
    • 1993 September 1, Geoffrey Wheatcroft, “An Icon of Englishry”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      Yes, [Philip] Larkin was an icon of Englishry, and a fine specimen of its complexes and neuroses: not only arrogant and xenophobic hut also inward-looking, frightened, and depressive.
  2. (uncountable, law, now historical) The state or privilege of being an Englishman. [from 17th c.]
  3. (countable, historical) In medieval Britain, the part of a lordship or other domain inhabited by English people and governed according to English law.
    Coordinate terms: Welshry, Irishry

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