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A English speaking Canadian. Or a Canadian who doesn't speak French - only English.

Country Code:CA
Submitted February 4th, 2004 by: Anonymous

Usage Examples

Anglophone/Francophone YouTube Video by The Canuck Twins (Press Details)
In the fifth episode we teach you the definition of a Anglophone and Francophone. Two for one deal, heck yea!


I've never heard of this before and i've lived in canada my whole life Comment by: Sarah    Rated:1/5
it's commonly used in quebec to differentiate between english speakers and french speakers who are known as francophones. Comment by: matthew    Rated:4/5
how old are you sarah? 5? Comment by: Denise    Rated:2/5
I live in Montreal and I hear the word almost daily. Also, on a related note, "allophone" is a person whose first language is neither French nor English. Comment by: Slavito    Rated:3/5
its the oposite of a fancophone Comment by: lilmisscanuck   
Is it possible this is derived from "Anglophobe" and "Anglophile"? Those meant English lovers and English haters back in the 1800s. Comment by: Conor    Rated:3/5
nah, it's just a french word moved into english, I believe, not really derived from Anglophile or similar words, though it follows the same pattern. Comment by: hi my name is...   
dude .... I live in canada last 10 years I heard that all the time. Comment by: John   
dude, not only do i hear it ALL the time....but if you don't say it, what are you gonna say? you can't say english (we're not british) and saying "english speaking canadian" is just way too long.... Comment by: Tara   
Go north of Montreal about 20 minutes, and you'll that expression...followed by "Tabernacle!" Comment by: Matty   
it comes from anglo- the prefix for english stuff and -phone witch is a prefix for things related to sound Comment by: bee   
im suprised if anyone from canada does not know this one Comment by: jason.monsen   
I was taught this word in grade school. An Anglophone was English speaking, a Francophone was French speaking. Comment by: Maddie   
canadian accents are not as common in toronto probably why she hasnt heard it Comment by: neel   
Anglophone is indeed French for an English speaker, it is not some speacial creation either, the same noun applies for almost any languge, Francaphone, Arabophone (Arabic), Espagnophone (Spanish), Allemagnophone (German). Comment by: Benjamin    Rated:3/5
I hear it all the time. I don't know how anyone could not hear it and they live in Canada. Comment by: Jessika   
Are you retarded? Anglophone isn't slang. It's called a dictionary. Go out. Buy one, and then you won't have to look dumb when you post a comment. Comment by: Joey    Rated:1/5
you're all idiots an anglophone is a native english speaker a francophone is a native french speaker, its that simple Comment by: God   
are you people seriously that thick? if you've ever read a newspaper you will have seen this word Comment by: Gary   
The terms "Anglophone, Francophone, Allophone" are predominantly used in the more bilingual parts of Canada. I spent years on the west coast (Vancouver area) and never heard these phrases in common use.. Just my $0.02.. Comment by: Weasel    Rated:3/5
its 'tabernac', not tabernacle Comment by: davros   
its not really a slang in my opinion, its just that its the only word that i know of in french to describe someone that speaks english as a matter language i mean, allophone refers to someone that doesnt speak a single word of french and english both official languages in canada Comment by: Davey   
wow guys. . . anglophone isn't a slang word, it's the standard french noun/adjective for "english speaker" or "english-speaking" Comment by: nick    Rated:5/5
i have lived in canada my entire life and have never once heard this. and judging by other peoples comments, i would say it is something heard in the east, whereas i live in bc. don't feel bad sarah :) Comment by: shalina   
I live in Edmonton, and although its not used 24/7 everyone knows what it means (though we use "Francophone" far more often, what with this area being mostly Anglophone. lol) Comment by: Alice   
It can also mean someone who has English as a first language, regardless of being bi or multi lingual. =) Comment by: Me....    Rated:3/5
it comes from anglo, meening english and phone, meening sound Comment by: chris   
That's a phrase that is used everywhere. Anglophone=English speaker. And it makes it sound like theres lots of french speakers there, but like 80% of people speak English at home. Comment by: Ian    Rated:2/5
Anglo - of england or the english. Phone - of sound, referring to language. Anglophone - someone who speaks english. Ancient greek language stem. Comment by: Alex   
I have so heard this word before, how can you not have if your canadian? It means someone who speaks english, or something like that. Our techers use it all the time! Comment by: andigrrl    Rated:4/5
OMG Sarah I wonder if you ever went to high school... Comment by: bb   
I can't imagine a Canadian who: a. hasn't heard this, b. doesn't know what it means - English Speaking - by birth. A English Speaking French Canadian will always be a Francophone. The governement even goes so far as to say it's based on the language of your mother. Comment by: Howard   
By the way the difnition is incorrect - an Anglophone may be able to speak french - it simply means it wasn't his/her mother tongue. Comment by: Howard   
A Canadian who doesn't speak French. (Most of the Canadians are anglophone) The remaining are: Francophone: speak French Allophone: speak something else Bilingual: speak French and English Comment by: Doom   
i use and hear this expression all the time in ontario. its mostly used in places where english and french speaking canadians live together, or conversely pure fraco settings such as north of montreal Comment by: lah   
this is not a slang site it is just a site that people can write there felling's. Comment by: Jared   
Lived in canada my whole life and hear this word daily. Comment by: brooke   
That Sarah girl that said this is not used is saying bullshit. I'm an anglophone/francophone who lives in quebec ( see , I've just said it ) , and I know for a fact that my fellow quebeckers always refer to the rest of canada as the anglophones. They also mostly talk about them in an insulting way, considering quebeckers hate anglos ( mostly ontarians since they're our neighbours ). They have no reason to hate them, they just think they're better than them. I don't like the franco mentality very much... Comment by: Brianne    Rated:5/5
I'm Australian and I'm just curious ...does it matter if a Canadian can't speak French ? Comment by: Thomas    Rated:3/5
Anglophone means any English speaker and Francophone means any French speaker. It does not mean you only speak that language but it is your language of preference. And it is not derogatory. I am from Ottawa and I have friends who are Francophone and Anglophones but they are also bilingual (and some trilingual). Comment by: Joan   
WHAT?! Sarah, do you live in a bubble? Comment by: Jeremy   
I live in the US and I'm familiar with this term... :P Comment by: Erica    Rated:4/5
Anglophones speak English. Francophones speak French. Allophones speak another language. Any Canadian who pays the slightest attention to the news should know these term. Then there's those anglo-saxophones ... Comment by: Alison   
So, hi my name is.., why respond to something when you apparently have no knowledge on the subject? It is exactly like the word "Anglophile" in construction. "Anglo" meaning to English, "phone" referring to "sound," as in "homophone." Comment by: bef   
Hahaha yeah that is very common even in New Brunswick. Comment by: Chrissy   
Hey Matty ... I'm french and it's Tabarnac! Comment by: Tania   
Matty posted "tabernacle", should be "Tabernac". English Canadians use this term as short hand to explain that they are English only speakers. Comment by: Terry   
I think this is probably more commonly used in eastern Canada where it would be contrasted with francophone... on the west coast this distinction is not a daily fact of life. Comment by: Kirsty   
not canadian but it will doubtless come from anglo-meaning english and phone-sound. not derived from french, it's morphology, they're both morphemes like the examples stated earlier. interesting though Comment by: Darren    Rated:4/5
I'm American and I (we) know this Anglophone just denotes an English-speaker in general, not an English- speaking Canadian specifically Comment by: Joe   
Allophone is a french word derived from the greek its a combination of allos wich means ''other'' and phone wich means ''voice'' Comment by: escherstyle   
All depends on where you live, amazingly enough out here in the west nobody speaks french so the word is pointless and not surprising that people haven't heard it before Comment by: Alan    Rated:2/5
I'm pretty sure this isn't slang. Comment by: Steven    Rated:1/5
sarah if you haven't heard this before you are an idiot. Comment by: anon   
It is not from french, it is similar to anglophobe and anglophile in that it shares the root anglo, for english. Phile is from the greek philia, for love; phobe is from phobia, as in fear. Phone is from phono, to speak. Comment by: colin   
ahh, me bai's. anglophone is a very common word, not specifically canadian. It's latin, the suffix 'phone' meaning to hear, as in 'phile' meaning to love or 'phobe' to fear. Anglo clearly english; thus, english speaker. Any Canadian who doesn't speak French should know that they fall under this catagory, and that it causes a degree of indifference to disgust for many francophones (do the math). Furthermore, and I hate to have a sick up me arse on this, but it's just Tabarnac - tabarnacle being English and having no negative connitation. That's why they swear at us Comment by: alastair   
This isn't slang, it's a real word: Anglophone, meaning a person or group of people who speak English. It doesn't come from the french, it's a proper worldwide term. Comment by: john   
The etymology is pretty simple. Anglo (english) + phone (sound, speach etc)=anglophone. One who speaks english. Comment by: Deathbagel   
Its Mostly Used In Quebec, Pretty Much Picking On Us Anglophones :P Comment by: Cairo   
its used daily in areas around quebec or french speaking places Comment by: jobna   
mah, we say "english" as a person who speaks english. then again, im Acadian, we're surrounded by the "english". anglophone just means a predominantly english person (to me, at least) Comment by: No   
It's based off the root word "anglo" meaning english and "phone" meaning speaking. Hence english speaking person Comment by: ivan    Rated:3/5
I rather believe that Anglophone is anyone who speaks English so all members of the English commonwealth nations including some Americans. Comment by: GI Joe   
This is one of the reasons that I left Quebec after 50 years of living there. Now I live in Canada where I am now just a Canadian. Comment by: Michael Byrns   
Sarah, do you live under a rock, per chance? Comment by: NDG   
Ive never heard this term in canada ever. Other than in history class. I think it was used back in the 1900's Comment by: Cyrus   
Anglophone is a proper English word (in the dictionary) used to describe a person whose mother tongue is English. It derives from: "anglo" - English "phone"- sound As seen in words like "phonetics", "cacophony", "polyphonic", and "telephone". I wouldn't call this "slang", it's in common usage in Québec, given that there are two languages and a frequent need to identify your first language. Comment by: Amy   
Also known as 'squareheads'. Comment by: Brad   
Is there a name for an English speaking Canadian who can also speak French? Comment by: scouse wurzel    Rated:5/5
dudes, whoever hasn't heard that has got to get a life! wow, i just moved 2 canada and i heard it at school! Comment by: Lenie    Rated:4/5
Canadian and hear it now and again, it probably differs from province to province Comment by: Patricia    Rated:4/5
You say Tabarnak, not Tabernacle Comment by: ...   
Conor - Anglo means English. Is just a prefix. Can be used in many ways. It isn't derived from Anglophile etc but has the same prefix. The suffix, such as phile means to "love" - hence words just as pedophile or necrophile mean "child-lover" "death-lover" loosely translated. In our common usages of those two words a pedophile is a child molester or like-wise and a necrophile is generally used as someone who has intercourse with a corpse. Comment by: TheCanadianLinguist   
Latin derived. Anglo=english + Phono=sound Comment by: medic162   
Conor: No, it is not derived from those words. It does share a common root from the term "anglo" for English. You often hear people discuss the anglophone population (English speaking) of Quebec vs. the Francophone population (French speaking). Comment by: stewartt1982   
"Anglophone", "Anglophobe" and "Anglophile" may come from the french word "anglais"(english) and greek words "phobia" (the fear) and "philia" (to like something). In French, anglophone means "english speaking people" (no matter where they are from). Those words are still used nowadays, so it still means English lovers and English haters. Comment by: Kate   
Hardly......Anglo (English), phone/phonetic (speech sounds) Comment by: alberta bound   
This is an English word, for Chrissakes! Granted, it is also French, and therefore double-handy, but it just means 'English-speaker'. In English. Doesn't really get any less controversial than this, folks... Comment by: Anglophone   
No, Conor, 'phone' comes from the greek for 'sound' or 'voice'. So an anglophone is just one who speaks english. This is not actually a slang, but a regular word used in many languages. Comment by: Rodrigo   
I worked for the Government of Canada, and the words "Anglophone" and "Francophone" were used every day. The only people who didn't understand these terms were Americans. Comment by: Jill   
Is English not your first language? "A Anglophone"? Ahem. Should be "An..." 👍 Comment by: Cat_K    Rated:4/5


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