Definition of standard English in English:

standard English

Syllabification: stand·ard Eng·lish


  • 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
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    • 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.

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Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody