Blighty
noun Etymology: modification of Hindi & Urdu bilātī foreign, English, alteration of vilāyatī, from vilāyat province, realm, country beyond India, from Persian, dominion, province, from Arabic wilāya Date: 1915 chiefly British one's native land (as England)

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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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