Share this entry

Share this page

standard English

Syllabification: stand·ard Eng·lish

Definition of standard English in English:

noun

The form of the English language widely accepted as the usual correct form: children often use native forms at home and speak standard English at school
More example sentences
  • The dialect poems for which he is best remembered were written largely between 1834 and 1867; his standard English poems, written before and after those dates, were preferred by his publisher, Macmillan, and by Hardy.
  • In ordinary social settings, Bajans prefer to speak Bajan, but when the occasion warrants it, they slip into a language that is more nearly standard English.
  • The influential standard English of Johnson and Austen was also produced by and productive of emerging constructs of nation and empire.

Definition of standard English in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs