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Dictionary Definition

English adj : of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture; "English history"; "the English landed aristocracy"; "English literature"

Noun

1 an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the Commonwealth countries [syn: English language]
2 the people of England [syn: English people, the English]
3 the discipline that studies the English language and literature
4 (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist [syn: side]

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English

Etymology

From Englisc < Engle (“the Angles,” a Germanic tribe).

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. English-language; of or pertaining to the English language.
  2. Of or pertaining to England or its people.
  3. Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.
    an English ton

Derived terms

Translations

of or pertaining to the English language
of or pertaining to England
of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system
  • Esperanto: brita
  • Hebrew: שייך למערכת המידות האנגלית
  • Kurdish: , inglîzî
  • Portuguese: inglês, inglesa
  • Spanish: inglés, inglesa
  • Swedish: engelsk

Proper noun

  1. The English language, a language originating in England but now spoken in all parts of the British Isles, the Commonwealth of Nations, the United States of America, and other parts of the world.
    English is spoken here as an unofficial language and lingua franca.
  2. The English-language term or expression for something.
    What’s the English for ‘à peu près’?
  3. (collective plural) The people of England; Englishmen and Englishwomen.
    The Scottish and English have a history of conflict.

Usage notes

  • The name of the language, English, when it means "the English language", does not assume an article.
  • The people as a collective noun requires the definite article "the" or a demonstrative adjective.

Translations

the English language
person from England

Noun

  1. One’s ability to employ the English language correctly.
    My coworker has pretty good English for a non-native speaker.
  2. Specific language or wording; a text or statements in speech, whether a translation or otherwise.
    The technical details are correct, but the English is not very clear.

Translations

one’s ability to employ the English language
specific language or wording

Verb

  1. To render into English.

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Extensive Definition

English may refer to:
English in Afrikaans: Engels (dubbelsinnig)
English in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Englisc
English in Breton: Saoz
English in Danish: Engelsk (flertydig)
English in German: Englisch
English in French: Anglais (homonymie)
English in Galician: Inglés
English in Iloko: English
English in Italian: Inglese
English in Hungarian: Angol
English in Malayalam: ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് (നാനാര്‍ത്ഥങ്ങള്‍)
English in Dutch: Engels (doorverwijspagina)
English in Japanese: イングリッシュ
English in Norwegian: Engelsk (andre betydninger)
English in Polish: English (ujednoznacznienie)
English in Portuguese: Inglês
English in Russian: Английский
English in Simple English: English
English in Tagalog: Ingles (paglilinaw)
English in Thai: อังกฤษ (แก้ความกำกวม)
English in Turkish: English
English in Volapük: English

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