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world English Line breaks: world Eng|lish

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of world English in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The English language including all of its regional varieties, such as North American, Australian, New Zealand, and South African English.
Example sentences
  • But when you add up all the speakers of English in the world and you reach a total of about 1 1/2 billion, even America is only a small dialect of world English - 250 million speakers in America, or something like that.
1.1A basic form of English, consisting of features common to all regional varieties.
Example sentences
  • But there is a sense now that there is a need for having a world English, and in a sense, isn't that what The New Oxford Dictionary of English is?
  • The simplification used in World English is aimed directly at improving communication particularly across cultural lines - essentially increasing the odds whereby persons can be understood and can understand others

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