English

Things pertaining to the land or culture of England are referred to as being English. This includes the people of England as well as the language spoken there, which was brought to the American colonies by the English explorers.

The English language finds its origins in the West Germanic tribes that inhabited England in the 5th Century: the Saxons, the Jutes, and the Angles, the latter of which provided the name English. Mix in Romance languages such as the Latin-based Norman French and some old Norse, and you have the smorgasbord that is our modern English. Note that the english or "spin" you put on a billiard or bowling ball seems to have evolved separately, from the French anglé, meaning "angle."

Primary Meanings of English

1.
adjn
of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture or people
the people of England
2.
nadj
an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
of or relating to the English language
3.
n
(sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
Full Definitions of English
1

adj of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture or people

English history”
“the English landed aristocracy”
English literature”

n the people of England

Synonyms:
English people
Type of:
country, land, nation
the people who live in a nation or country
2

n an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries

Synonyms:
English language
Types:
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American, American English, American language
the English language as used in the United States
cockney
the nonstandard dialect of natives of the east end of London
geordie
the nonstandard dialect of natives of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
King's English, Queen's English
English as spoken by educated persons in southern England
Received Pronunciation
the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting
Middle English
English from about 1100 to 1450
Modern English
English since about 1450
Anglo-Saxon, Old English
English prior to about 1100
Oxford English
the dialect of English spoken at Oxford University and regarded by many as affected and pretentious
Scots, Scots English, Scottish
the dialect of English used in Scotland
AAVE, African American English, African American Vernacular English, Black English, Black English Vernacular, Black Vernacular, Black Vernacular English, Ebonics
a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
East Midland
the dialect of Middle English that replaced West Saxon as the literary language and which developed into Modern English
West Midland
a dialect of Middle English
Northern
a dialect of Middle English that developed into Scottish Lallans
Kentish
a dialect of Middle English
Southwestern, West Saxon
a dialect of Middle English
West Saxon
a literary dialect of Old English
Anglian
one of the major dialects of Old English
Jutish, Kentish
one of the major dialects of Old English
Lallans, Scottish Lallans
a dialect of English spoken in the Lowlands of Scotland
Type of:
West Germanic, West Germanic language
a branch of the Germanic languages

n the discipline that studies the English language and literature

Type of:
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts
studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)

adj of or relating to the English language

3

n (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist

Synonyms:
side
Type of:
spin
a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)

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