Standard English

noun

Definition of Standard English

: the English that with respect to spelling, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary is substantially uniform though not devoid of regional differences, that is well established by usage in the formal and informal speech and writing of the educated, and that is widely recognized as acceptable wherever English is spoken and understood

First Known Use of Standard English

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Standard English.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Standard%20English. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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