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 languagenoun

    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 peoplenoun

    the people of England

  3. Englishnoun

    the discipline that studies the English language and literature

  4. English, sideadjective

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

  5. Englishadjective

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

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

  6. Englishadjective

    of or relating to the English language


  1. Englishnoun

    One's ability to employ the English language correctly.

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

  2. Englishnoun

    The English-language term or expression for something.

    What's the English for u00E0 peu pru00E8s'?

  3. Englishnoun

    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. Englishnoun

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

  5. Englishverb

    To translate, adapt or render into English.

  6. Englishadjective

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

  7. Englishadjective

    Of or pertaining to England or its people.

  8. Englishadjective

    Of or pertaining to an Englishman or Englishwoman.

  9. Englishadjective

    Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.

    an English ton

  10. Englishnoun

    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. Englishnoun

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

    The Scottish and English have a history of conflict.

  12. englishnoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ENGLISHadjective

    Belonging to England; thence English is the language of England.

    Etymology: engles, Saxon.

    He hath neither Latin, French, nor Italian; and you may come into the court, and swear that I have a poor pennyworth in the English. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Of English talc, the coarser sort is called plaister, or parget; the finer, spoad. John Woodward.

  2. To Englishverb

    To translate into English.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We find not a word in the text can properly be rendered anise, which is what the Latins call anethum, and properly Englished dill. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vii. c. 7.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Englishadjective

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

  2. Englishadjective

    see 1st Bond, n., 8

  3. Englishnoun

    collectively, the people of England; English people or persons

  4. Englishnoun

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

  5. Englishnoun

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

  6. Englishnoun

    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. Englishverb

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

  8. Englishverb

    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. Etymology: [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."

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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

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  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. Severin Meiland:

    In Norwegian = "Det var godt sagt, jeg skulle ønske det var jeg som hadde sagt det først." Translated to english :"That was a good saying,I wish that I was the one who said it first." And then after realizing that other people most probably have said the same thing before him he made another quote : In Norwegian = "Det var godt sagt, jeg skulle ønske jeg ble sitert på det først." Translated to english : "That was a good saying, I wish that I was the one quoted for quoting this saying first."

  2. Jeb Bush:

    You come out from the shadows. You receive a provisional work permit. You pay taxes. You don't receive federal government assistance. You learn English ...You work.

  3. Mark Milley:

    We’re gonna stay focused on making sure that we create the right force to defend this country and promote our values. i’m not gonna address specifically White rage or Black rage or Asian rage or Irish rage or English rage or German rage or any other rage.

  4. Bikram Shrestha:

    In Norway, the government gives Akram Ali a chance. Maybe here I can have a future, in Russia they don't speak English and it is hard to get a job.

  5. Sienna Miller:

    People sort of complain about the pace. Friends of mine from London find it really intense, but I thrive in that kind of environment, it’s sort of cliche?, but it’s motivating and inspiring. It feels incredibly open and boundaryless. You can barely speak English and be a New Yorker. New York takes anyone, accepts everyone.

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    involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
    • A. dangerous
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