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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 (uncountable)

  1. (now historical) Those people living in Ireland who are of English descent (chiefly with definite article). [from 15th c.]
  2. (law, now historical) The state or privilege of being an Englishman. [from 17th c.]
  3. 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.

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