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English

Etymology

From Old English Englisc < Engle (“the Angles,” a Germanic tribe).

Pronunciation

Adjective

English (not comparable)

Positive
English

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. English-language; of or pertaining to the English language.
  2. Of or pertaining to England or its people.
  3. Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.
    an English ton

Derived terms

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Translations

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Proper noun

Singular
English

Plural
-

English

  1. 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.
  2. The English-language term or expression for something.
    What’s the English for ‘à peu près’?
  3. (collective plural) The people of England; Englishmen and Englishwomen.
    The Scottish and English have a history of conflict.

Usage notes

  • The name of the language, English, when it means "the English language", does not assume an article.
  • The people as a collective noun requires the definite article "the" or a demonstrative adjective.

Translations

Noun

Singular
English

Plural
-

English (-)
  1. One’s ability to employ the English language correctly.
    My coworker has pretty good English for a non-native speaker.
  2. 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.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to English

Third person singular
English

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to English (third-person singular simple present English, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (archaic) To render into English.

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