A quaint English village
- The definition of English is someone or something that is from England.
- An example of English is Queen Elizabeth II.
- An example of English is the meal fish and chips.
- English means the language of the United States and England.
An example of English is the word music.
- English is defined as the language spoken by people of England and the United States.
An example of English is the language most people speak in London.
- of England or its people or culture
- of the language of England and the U.S.
- of or pertaining to those residents of the U.S. and Canada who are not Amish: term used by the Amish
Origin of EnglishMiddle English from Old English Englisc, literally , of the Angles: see Angle and -ish
- the West Germanic language spoken by the people of England and the U.S., and in the Commonwealth, Liberia, etc.
- the English language of a specific period or place
- a characteristic way of using this language: broken English
- the equivalent in the English language; English translation
- a school course or class in the English language or its literature
- [sometimese-] a spinning motion given to a ball, as by striking it on one side
- Archaic a size of printing type, 14 point
- to translate into English
- to apply the principles of English pronunciation, spelling, etc. to; Anglicize (a foreign word)
- [sometimese-] to give English to (a ball)
- the people of England
- those residents of the U.S. and Canada who are not Amish: term used by the Amish
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of England or its people or culture.
- Of or relating to the English language.
- used with a pl. verb The people of England.
- a. The West Germanic language of England, the United States, and other countries that are or have been under English influence or control.b. The English language of a particular time, region, person, or group of persons: American English.
- A translation into or an equivalent in the English language.
- A course or individual class in the study of English language, literature, or composition.
- also english a. The spin given to a propelled ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist.b. Bodily movement in an effort to influence the movement of a propelled object; body English.
transitive verbEng·lished, Eng·lish·ing, Eng·lish·es
- To translate into English.
- To adapt into English; Anglicize.
Origin of EnglishMiddle English from Old English Englisc from Engle the Angles
See also language.Anglicism 1. a word, idiom, or feature of the English language occurring in or borrowed by another language. 2. U.S. a Briticism. 3. any manner, idea, or custom typical of the English people. Also called Englishism. Anglicist an authority on the English language or English literature. Briticism, Britishism a word or phrase characteristic of speakers of English in Britain and not usually used by English speakers elsewhere.
(comparative more English, superlative most English)
- English-language; of or pertaining to the English language.
- Of or pertaining to England or its people.
- Those immigrants Anglicised their names to make them sound more English.
- Of or pertaining to an Englishman or Englishwoman.
- Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.
- an English ton
- (Amish) Non-Amish.
- The language originating in England but now spoken in all parts of the British Isles, the Commonwealth of Nations, North America, and other parts of the world.
- English is spoken here as an unofficial language and lingua franca.
- (collective plural) The people of England; Englishmen and Englishwomen.
- The Scottish and English have a history of conflict.
- (Amish, collective plural) The non-Amish.
- A surname.
- 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.
(usually uncountable, plural Englishes)
- One's ability to employ the English language correctly.
- My coworker has pretty good English for a non-native speaker.
- The English-language term or expression for something.
- What's the English for ‘à peu près’?
- 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.
- (countable) A regional type of spoken and or written English; a dialect.
- (printing, dated) A kind of type, in size between pica and great primer.
(third-person singular simple present Englishes, present participle Englishing, simple past and past participle Englished)
- (archaic) To translate, adapt or render into English.
From Middle English, from Old English Ænglisc (“of the Angles”), from Ængle (“the Angles”) + -isc, a Germanic tribe. Compare German Englisch, French anglais and Spanish inglés.