Meaning of ENGLISH in English

I. ˈiŋ-glish, ˈiŋ-lish adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English englisc, from Engle (plural) Angles

Date: before 12th century

: of, relating to, or characteristic of England, the English people, or the English language

• En·glish·ness noun

II. noun

Date: before 12th century


a. : the language of the people of England and the United States and many areas now or formerly under British control

b. : a particular variety of English distinguished by peculiarities (as of pronunciation)

c. : English language, literature, or composition when a subject of study

2. plural in construction : the people of England


a. : an English translation

b. : idiomatic or intelligible English

4. : spin around the vertical axis deliberately imparted to a ball that is driven or rolled — compare draw , follow , body English

III. transitive verb

Date: 14th century

1. : to translate into English

2. : to adopt into English : anglicize

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.