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English[uredi]

Etymology[uredi]

From Old English Englisc, from Engle (“the Angles,” a Germanic tribe).

Pronunciation[uredi]

  • ĭng'glĭsh

Adjective[uredi]

English

  1. English-language; of or pertaining to the English language.
  2. Of or pertaining to England or its people.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Avoirdupois system of measure, as in an “English ton”.

Translations[uredi]

of or pertaining to the English language

of or pertaining to England

Noun[uredi]

English (uncountable)

  1. with reference to the language
    1. The English language, a language originating in England but now spoken in all parts of the British Isles, the Commonwealth of Nations, the United States of America, and other parts of the world.
      English is spoken here as an unofficial language and lingua franca.
    2. One's ability to employ the English language.
      My coworker has pretty good English for a non-native speaker.
    3. Specific language or wording; a text or statements in speech, whether a translation or otherwise.
      The technical details are correct, but the English isn't very clear.
    4. the English-language term or expression for something
      What's the English for ‘à peu près’?
  2. (collective plural) The people of England; Englishmen and Englishwomen.
    The Scottish and English have a history of conflict.
    Americans like myself can't teach in Europe since they prefer those snobby English.
  3. english; side-spin

Usage notes[uredi]

  • The name of the language, English, when it means “the English language”, does not assume an article.
  • The people as a collective noun assumes the definite article “the” or a demonstrative adjective.

Translations[uredi]

the English language

person from England