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English

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

Definition of English

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of England, the English people, or the English language

Englishness

noun

Origin and Etymology of english

Middle English, from Old English englisc, from Engle (plural) Angles


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English

noun En·glish

Definition of English

  1. 1a :  the language of the people of England and the U.S. and many areas now or formerly under British controlb :  a particular variety of English distinguished by peculiarities (as of pronunciation)c :  English language, literature, or composition when a subject of study

  2. 2 plural in construction :  the people of England

  3. 3a :  an English translationb :  idiomatic or intelligible English

  4. 4 :  spin around the vertical axis deliberately imparted to a ball that is driven or rolled — compare draw, follow, body english

Examples of english in a Sentence

  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


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English

verb En·glish

Definition of English

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to translate into English

  3. 2 :  to adopt into English :  anglicize

First Known Use of english

15th century

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ENGLISH Defined for English Language Learners

English

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adjective

Definition of English for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to England or its people

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

English

noun

Definition of English for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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