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

Definition of English

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

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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, ˈiŋ-lish\

Definition of English (Entry 4 of 4)

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Englishness noun

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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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adjective

English Language Learners Definition of English

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to England or its people

: of or relating to the chief language of Great Britain, the U.S., etc.

English

noun

English Language Learners Definition of English (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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adjective En·​glish | \ ˈiŋ-glish \

Kids Definition of English

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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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