[gal-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈgæl əˌsɪz əm/

a French idiom or expression used in another language, as Je ne sais quoi when used in English.
a feature that is characteristic of or peculiar to the French language.
a custom or trait considered to be characteristically French.
a word or idiom borrowed from French

“French word or idiom,” 1650s, from Gallic + -ism.


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