Meaning of ENGLISH in English
adj. & n.
adj. of or relating to England or its people or language.
n. 1 the language of England, now used in many varieties in the British Isles, the United States, and most Commonwealth or ex-Commonwealth countries, and often internationally. 2 (prec. by the; treated as pl.) the people of England. 3 US Billiards = SIDE n. 10. English bond Building a bond of brickwork arranged in alternate courses of stretchers and headers. English horn = COR ANGLAIS. the Queen's (or King's) English the English language as correctly written or spoken in Britain. Englishness n.
[ OE englisc, nglisc (as ANGLE, -ISH(1)) ]
Concise Oxford English dictionary. Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2012