An Anglophile is a person who is fond of English culture and England in general. [ [ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.2000.] ] Its antonym is Anglophobe. [ [ anglophile] ] Since 1707 it is commonly used in the context of the United Kingdom and British culture rather than just England.

According to the "Oxford English Dictionary", the word comes from French, and ultimately from Latin "Anglus" "English" + Ancient Greek "φίλος" - philos, "friend"). It gives the first use as occurring in 1867, where the journal "Revue des deux mondes" is described as a "thoroughly Anglophile journal". ["Anglophilia", n. " The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1989. OED Online. Oxford University Press. 4 Apr. 2000 .]

In some cases, anglophilia represents an individual's preference for English culture over their own; the belief that English culture is superior; or an appreciation of English history.

Alongside anglophiles who are attracted to 'traditional' English culture (e.g. Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Dr Johnson), there are also anglophiles who like pop and rock music from England and its contemporary culture generally.

American anglophiles will often use English spellings, such as 'colour' instead of 'color', 'favourite' instead of 'favorite', 'centre' instead of 'center', and 'realise' instead of 'realize'.

Very rarely, it is used to describe the adherence to the culture of the wider Anglosphere such as Canada, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.



*Ian Buruma, "Anglomania: a European Love Affair" (Random House, 1999 in the US), or "Voltaire's Coconuts, or Anglomania in Europe" (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999 in the UK).
* [,9171,26715-1,00.html Time magazine review of "Anglomania"]

ee also

*Culture of England
*Scotophile - someone who is fond of Scottish culture
*Francophile - someone who is fond of French culture
*Germanophile - someone who is fond of German culture
*Hellenophile - someone who is fond of Greek culture
*Slavophile - someone who is fond of Slavic culture
*Italophile - someone who is fond of Italian culture
*Sinophile - someone who is fond of Chinese culture

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