English

adjective
En·​glish | \ ˈiŋ-glish How to pronounce English (audio) , ˈiŋ-lish How to pronounce English (audio) \

Essential Meaning of English

1 : of or relating to England or its people an English town/poet/garden English customs
2 : of or relating to the chief language of Great Britain, the U.S., etc. They're studying English grammar. the English language an English dictionary

Full Definition of English

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

English

noun

Definition of English (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : the language of the people of England and the U.S. 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
3a : 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

English

verb
Englished; Englishing; Englishes

Definition of English (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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

English

biographical name
En·​glish | \ ˈiŋ-glish How to pronounce English (audio) , ˈiŋ-lish \

Definition of English (Entry 4 of 4)

Bill 1961–    Simon William English prime minister of New Zealand (2016–2017)

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Other Words from English

Adjective

Englishness noun

Examples of English in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of English

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for English

Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for English

Time Traveler

The first known use of English was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“English.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/English. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English

adjective
En·​glish | \ ˈiŋ-glish How to pronounce English (audio) \

Kids Definition of English

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

English

noun

Kids Definition of English (Entry 2 of 2)

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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