Pronunciation: (gal'u-siz"um), [key]
1. a French idiom or expression used in another language, as Je ne sais quoi when used in English.
2. a feature that is characteristic of or peculiar to the French language.
3. a custom or trait considered to be characteristically French. Also,gal'li•cism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.