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English

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adjective En·glish \ ˈiŋ-glish , ˈiŋ-lish \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of English

: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

Definition of English

1 a :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
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 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

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Definition of English

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

First Known Use of english

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


English

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biographical name En·glish \ ˈiŋ-glish , ˈiŋ-lish \

Definition of English

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


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


ENGLISH Defined for Kids

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English

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adjective En·glish \ ˈiŋ-glish \

Definition of English for Students

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

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English

noun

Definition of English for Students

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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