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1English

adjective En·glish \ˈiŋ-glish, ˈiŋ-lish\

: of or relating to England or its people

: of or relating to the chief language of Great Britain, the U.S., etc.

Full Definition of ENGLISH

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of England, the English people, or the English language
En·glish·ness noun
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Origin of ENGLISH

Middle English, from Old English englisc, from Engle (plural) Angles
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ENGLISH

2English

noun

: the chief language of Great Britain, the U.S., and many areas now or formerly under British control

: a particular type of English

: English language, literature, or writing as a subject of study

Full Definition of ENGLISH

1
a :  the language of the people of England and the United States and many areas now or formerly under British control
b :  a particular variety of English distinguished by peculiarities (as of pronunciation)
c :  English language, literature, or composition when a subject of study
2
plural in construction :  the people of England
3
a :  an English translation
b :  idiomatic or intelligible English
4
:  spin around the vertical axis deliberately imparted to a ball that is driven or rolled — compare draw, follow, body english

Examples of ENGLISH

  1. The English traditionally have afternoon tea.
  2. I asked the doctor to give me my diagnosis in English, not medical jargon.

First Known Use of ENGLISH

before 12th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

3English

verb

Definition of ENGLISH

transitive verb
1
:  to translate into English
2
:  to adopt into English :  anglicize

First Known Use of ENGLISH

14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
ENGLISH Defined for Kids

1English

adjective En·glish \ˈiŋ-glish\

Definition of ENGLISH for Kids

:  of or relating to England, its people, or the English language <English literature> <English customs>

2English

noun

Definition of ENGLISH for Kids

1
:  the language of England, the United States, and some other countries now or at one time under British rule
2
English plural :  the people of England
3
:  English language or literature as a subject in school
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