Definition of English in English:

English

Syllabification: Eng·lish
Pronunciation: /ˈiNG(ɡ)liSH
 
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noun

1The West Germanic language of England, now widely used in many varieties throughout the world.
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  • And children should be exposed to the entire variety of Englishes, not just one or the other.
  • We hear English, Japanese, Arabic, Dutch and Spanish.
  • Spanish is the first language, but English is widely spoken in the tourist trade.
2 (as plural noun the English) The people of England.
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  • It's thought to be endemic in the English. ‘An Englishman's home is his castle’.
  • His prime subject has always been England and the English.
  • And as any subcontinental cricketer will tell you, beating the English in England is very special.
3North American Spin given to a ball, especially in pool or billiards.

English is the principal language of Great Britain, the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries. There are some 400 million native speakers, and it is the medium of communication for many millions more; it is the most widely used second language in the world. It belongs to the West Germanic group of Indo-European languages though its vocabulary has been much influenced by Old Norse, Norman French, and Latin

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  • Make a firm decision on English and/or the cue ball path before bending down to make the shot.
  • Right English on the Cue Ball will throw the Object Ball to the left.
  • English is used to dramatically increase or decrease the cue ball deflection angle.

adjective

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Relating to England, its people, or their language.
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  • The English language over the last 1,000 years has borrowed words from 350 other languages.
  • The displays include English language descriptions and parking is conveniently located in front of the building.
  • During the following year and a half, she has stayed at home except for giving English classes in language schools on weekends.

Origin

Old English Englisc (see Angle, -ish1). The word originally denoted the early Germanic settlers of Britain (Angles, Saxons, and Jutes), or their language (now called Old English).

Derivatives

Englishman

noun (plural Englishmen)
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  • A short, portly Englishman sporting a New Zealand rugby tie met us on arrival at the airport.
  • So far as is known, not a single attempt was made by an American or Englishman.
  • Where I come from, people believe that every Englishman is an intellectual.

Englishness

noun
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  • And like both of those, this village celebrates its Englishness.
  • We ought not to be ashamed or reticent about declaring our Englishness or, if you are not actually of English origin, your pride in your association with this country.
  • His Englishness makes him perfect for the role.

Englishwoman

noun (plural Englishwomen)
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  • The Devonshire story starts with Elizabeth, countess of Shrewsbury, better known as Bess of Hardwick, who, after Elizabeth I, is perhaps the most famous Englishwoman of the sixteenth century.
  • A fit, 28-year-old Englishwoman got off a flight from Sydney to London and collapsed before she left Heathrow Airport.
  • This novel is entirely in the form of a journal kept by an especially well-connected Englishwoman who accompanies her brother, the newly appointed governor general of India, to take up his post.

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