English language

Definitions of English language

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

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American, American English, American language
the English language as used in the United States
the nonstandard dialect of natives of the east end of London
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
a dialect of Middle English that developed into Scottish Lallans
a dialect of Middle English
Southwestern, West Saxon
a dialect of Middle English
West Saxon
a literary dialect of Old English
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

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