Blighty

Noun. Affectionate name for England as one's home, often used jocularly. Orig. used by colonial Indian Army, from the Hindustani bilyati, meaning foreign. Early 1900s

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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  • Blighty — ist eine englische Slang Bezeichnung für Großbritannien. Das Wort leitet sich aus dem Hindi Wort vilāyatī (विलायती; auch bilāyatī) ab, das wiederum über das Urdu aus dem Arabischen (arabisch ‏ولاية‎ ‚Wilaya‘) entlehnt wurde. Im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Blighty — ► NOUN Brit. informal ▪ Britain or England, as used by soldiers serving abroad. ORIGIN first used by soldiers in the Indian army: from Urdu, foreign, European …   English terms dictionary

  • Blighty — This article is about the slang term for Britain. For other uses, see Blighty (disambiguation). Blighty is a British English slang term for Britain, deriving from the Hindustani word vilāyatī (विलायती) (pronounced bilāti in many Indian dialects… …   Wikipedia

  • blighty —    a serious but not fatal wound    Blighty, from the Hindi bilayati meaning foreign, became their home country for British servicemen abroad, and not just those serving in India:     Thought we d see a bit of the place before we go back to… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Blighty — noun /ˈblaɪti/ a) Great Britain, Britain, or England, especially as viewed from abroad With such delights awaiting them only a few miles to the rear, its no wonder that men prayed for a “blighty” – a small wound that would not incapacitate them… …   Wiktionary

  • Blighty — [[t]bla͟ɪti[/t]] N PROPER Blighty is a way of referring to England. [BRIT, HUMOROUS, OLD FASHIONED] See you back in Blighty! …   English dictionary

  • blighty — /bluy tee/, n., pl. blighties. Brit. Slang. 1. (often cap.) England as one s native land; England as home: We re sailing for old Blighty tomorrow. 2. a wound or furlough permitting a soldier to be sent back to England from the front. 3. military… …   Universalium

  • blighty — [20] Blighty is a legacy of British rule in India. Originally a term used by British soldiers serving in India for ‘home, Britain’, it is an anglicization of Hindi bilāyatī, which meant ‘foreign’, and particularly ‘European’. This was actually a… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • Blighty — n British Britain. An anglicisation of the Hindus tani bilayati, meaning foreign. The word was originally used with some affection by the pre World War I colonial army, but is now used only to suggest mock jingoism. ► I was blown through the door …   Contemporary slang

  • Blighty — /ˈblaɪti/ (say bluytee) noun 1. British Military Colloquial England. 2. World War I Colloquial a wound serious enough to get one sent back to England. Also, blighty. {Anglo Indian, from Hindi bilāyatī (now vilāyatī) foreign, European, from… …   Australian English dictionary

  • blighty — [20] Blighty is a legacy of British rule in India. Originally a term used by British soldiers serving in India for ‘home, Britain’, it is an anglicization of Hindi bilāyatī, which meant ‘foreign’, and particularly ‘European’. This was actually a… …   Word origins

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