of, pertaining to, or characteristic of England or its inhabitants, institutions, etc.
belonging or pertaining to, or spoken or written in, the English language.
the people of England collectively, especially as distinguished from the Scots, Welsh, and Irish.
the Germanic language of the British Isles, widespread and standard also in the U.S. and most of the British Commonwealth, historically termed Old English (c450–c1150), Middle English (c1150–c1475), and Modern English (after c1475).
English language, composition, and literature as offered as a course of study in school.
a specific variety of this language, as that of a particular time, place, or person:
American English; Shakespearean English.
simple, straightforward language:
What does all that jargon mean in English?
Sports. (sometimes lowercase)
a spinning motion imparted to a ball, especially in billiards.
the official language of Britain, the US, most parts of the Commonwealth, and certain other countries. It is the native language of over 280 million people and is acquired as a second language by many more. It is an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch See also Middle English, Old English, Modern English
(functioning as pl) the English, the natives or inhabitants of England collectively
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 14 point
an old style of black-letter typeface
(often not capital) the usual US and Canadian term for side (sense 16)
denoting, using, or relating to the English language
relating to or characteristic of England or the English
(archaic) to translate or adapt into English related prefix Anglo-
"people or speech of England," O.E. Englisc, from Engle (pl.) "the Angles," one of the Gmc. groups that overran the island 5c., supposedly so-called because Angul, the land they inhabited on the Jutland coast, was shaped like a fish hook (but how could they know this from the ground?). The term was used from earliest times without distinction for all the Gmc. invaders -- Angles, Saxon, Jutes (Bede's gens Anglorum) -- and applied to their group of related languages by Alfred the Great. In pronunciation, "En-" has become "In-," but the older spelling has remained. Meaning "English language or literature as a subject at school" is from 1889.
"spin imparted to a ball" (as in billiards), 1860, from Fr. anglé "angled," which is similar to Anglais "English."