What does ENGLISH mean?

Definitions for ENGLISH
ˈɪŋ glɪʃ or, often, -lɪʃENGLISH

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ENGLISH.

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


  1. English(Noun)

    One's 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.

    What's the English for u2018u00E0 peu pru00E8s'?

  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

  9. Origin: [AS. Englisc, fr. Engle, Angle, Engles, Angles, a tribe of Germans from the southeast of Sleswick, in Denmark, who settled in Britain and gave it the name of England. Cf. Anglican.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. English

    ing′glish, adj. belonging to England or its inhabitants.—n. the language of the people of England.—v.t. to translate a book into English: to make English.—ns. Eng′lander, an Englishman; Eng′lisher, Eng′lishman, a native or naturalised inhabitant of England; Eng′lishry, the fact of being an Englishman; in Ireland, the population of English descent.—Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, the language spoken in England from 450 till about 1150; Middle English till 1500; Modern English from 1500 onwards (Early English often means Early Middle English; (archit.), see Early).—Presentment of Englishry, the offering of proof that a person murdered belonged to the English race, to escape the fine levied on the hundred or township for the murder of a Norman. [A.S. Englisc, from Engle, Angle, from the Angles who settled in Britain.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. english

    A term applied to the vessels and men of the whole empire, and its maritime population. "Indeed," says Burke in a letter to Admiral Keppel, "I am perfectly convinced that Englishman and seaman are names that must live and die together."

Editors Contribution

  1. english

    A known and used language across the world.

    English is spoken and the main language used in so many countries around the world

    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  

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

How to pronounce ENGLISH?

  1. Alex
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How to say ENGLISH in sign language?

  1. english


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ENGLISH in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ENGLISH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ENGLISH in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    At least you can speak English.

  2. Donna Shalala:

    I'm going to operate in Washington in English.

  3. George Bernhard Shaw:

    English is the easiest language to speak badly.



  5. Barbara King:

    Koko shows definite comprehension of spoken English.

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