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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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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English

noun En·glish

Definition of English

  1. 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. 2 plural in construction :  the people of England

  3. 3 a :  an English translation b :  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.

Before 12th Century

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

14th Century

First Known Use of english

14th century

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ENGLISH Defined for English Language Learners

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English

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

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.


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English

noun En·glish

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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