Definitions for Englishˈɪŋ glɪʃ or, often, -lɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Eng•lishˈɪŋ glɪʃ or, often, -lɪʃ(n.)

  1. the West Germanic language of England: the official language of the United Kingdom and an official, standard, or auxiliary language in the U.S. and regions formerly under British or U.S. dominion, as Ireland, Canada, Australia, and parts of the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, and Oceania.

    Category: Peoples

    Ref: Abbr.: E 2

  2. (used with a pl. v.) the inhabitants of England. natives of England or persons of English ancestry living outside England.

    Category: Peoples

  3. English language, composition, and literature as a course of study in school.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. simple, straightforward language.

  5. (sometimes l.c.) a spinning motion imparted to a ball, esp. in billiards.

    Category: Sport, Common Vocabulary

    Ref: body English.

  6. a 14-point printing type.

    Category: Printing

  7. a grade of calendered paper having a smooth matte finish.

    Category: Printing

  8. (adj.)of or pertaining to England, its inhabitants, or the language English.

    Category: Peoples

  9. (v.t.)to translate into English.

  10. to adopt (a foreign word) into English; Anglicize.

Origin of English:

bef. 900; ME; OE Englisc=Engle (pl.) the English (cf. L Anglī; see Angle ) +-isc -ish1

Eng′lish•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. English, English language(noun)

    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

  2. English, English people(noun)

    the people of England

  3. English(noun)

    the discipline that studies the English language and literature

  4. English, side(adj)

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

  5. English(adj)

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

    "English history"; "the English landed aristocracy"; "English literature"

  6. English(adj)

    of or relating to the English language

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. English(noun)ˈɪŋ glɪʃ or, often, -lɪʃ

    the language spoken in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain

    ***Do you speak English?; ***to learn English

Wiktionary

  1. English(Noun)

    Oneu2019s ability to employ the English language correctly.

    You can't hit it directly, but maybe if you give it some english.

  2. English(Noun)

    The English-language term or expression for something.

    Whatu2019s the English for u2018u00E0 peu pru00E8su2019?

  3. English(Noun)

    Specific language or wording; a text or statements in speech, whether a translation or otherwise.

    The technical details are correct, but the English is not very clear.

  4. English(Noun)

    (countable) A regional type of spoken and or written English; a dialect.

  5. English(Verb)

    To translate, adapt or render into English.

  6. English(Adjective)

    English-language; of or pertaining to the English language.

  7. English(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to England or its people.

  8. English(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to an Englishman or Englishwoman.

  9. English(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.

    an English ton

  10. English(ProperNoun)

    The 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.

  11. English(ProperNoun)

    (collective plural) The people of England; Englishmen and Englishwomen.

    The Scottish and English have a history of conflict.

  12. english(Noun)

    Spinning or rotary motion given to a ball around the vertical axis, as in billiards or bowling.

    You can't hit it directly, but maybe if you give it some english.

Webster Dictionary

  1. English(adj)

    of or pertaining to England, or to its inhabitants, or to the present so-called Anglo-Saxon race

  2. English(adj)

    see 1st Bond, n., 8

  3. English(noun)

    collectively, the people of England; English people or persons

  4. English(noun)

    the language of England or of the English nation, and of their descendants in America, India, and other countries

  5. English(noun)

    a kind of printing type, in size between Pica and Great Primer. See Type

  6. English(noun)

    a twist or spinning motion given to a ball in striking it that influences the direction it will take after touching a cushion or another ball

  7. English(verb)

    to translate into the English language; to Anglicize; hence, to interpret; to explain

  8. English(verb)

    to strike (the cue ball) in such a manner as to give it in addition to its forward motion a spinning motion, that influences its direction after impact on another ball or the cushion

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. English

    1. n. obs. The source code for a program, which may be in any language, as opposed to the linkable or executable binary produced from it by a compiler. The idea behind the term is that to a real hacker, a program written in his favorite programming language is at least as readable as English. Usage: mostly by old-time hackers, though recognizable in context. Today the preferred shorthand is simply source. 2. The official name of the database language used by the old Pick Operating System, actually a sort of crufty, brain-damaged SQL with delusions of grandeur. The name permitted marketroids to say “Yes, and you can program our computers in English!” to ignorant suits without quite running afoul of the truth-in-advertising laws.

Freebase

  1. English Language

    English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca. It is spoken as a first language by the majority populations of several sovereign states, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations; and it is an official language of almost 60 sovereign states. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union, many Commonwealth countries and the United Nations, as well as in many world organisations. English arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and what is now southeast Scotland. Following the extensive influence of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom from the 17th to mid-20th centuries through the British Empire, it has been widely propagated around the world. Through the spread of American-dominated media and technology, English has become the leading language of international discourse and the lingua franca in many regions.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'English' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #619

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'English' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1342

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'English' in Nouns Frequency: #587

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'English' in Adjectives Frequency: #75


Translations for English

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

English(adjective)

of England or its inhabitants

three English people; the English language.

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