see also: English
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɪŋ.ɡlɪʃ/

english (uncountable)

  1. (US) 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.
  2. (figurative) An unusual or unexpected interpretation of a text or idea, a spin, a nuance.
Synonyms Translations
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ/, /ˈɪŋɡəlɪʃ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ/, /ˈɪŋlɪʃ/
  • (AuE) IPA: /ˈɪŋɡləʃ/


  1. Of or pertaining to England.
  2. English-language; of or pertaining to the language, descended from Anglo-Saxon, which developed in England.
    Those immigrants Anglicised their names to make them sound more English.
  3. Of or pertaining to the people of England (to Englishmen and Englishwomen).
  4. Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.
    an English ton
  5. (Amish) Non-Amish, so named for speaking English rather than a variety of German.
Translations Translations Translations Noun


  1. (plural) The people of England; Englishmen and Englishwomen.
    The Scottish and the English have a history of conflict.
  2. (Amish, plural) The non-Amish; non-Amish people.
  3. (uncountable) Ability to employ the English language correctly or idiomatically.
    My coworkers have pretty good English for non-native speakers.
  4. The English-language term or expression for something.
    What's the English for ‘à peu près’?
  5. (uncountable) Specific language or wording in English; English text or statements in speech, whether in translation or otherwise.
    The technical details are correct, but much of the English is not very clear.
  6. (printing, dated) A size of type between pica (12 point) and great primer (18 point), standardized as 14-point.
  7. (uncountable) Plain or readily understandable language.
  8. (uncountable, North American) Spin or sidespin given to a ball, especially in pool or billiards.
    You are trying to put too much English on the ball.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Proper noun
  1. The language originating in England but now spoken in all parts of the British Isles, the Commonwealth of Nations, North America, and other parts of the world.
    English is spoken here as an unofficial language and lingua franca.
    How do you say ‘à peu près’ in English?
  2. A variety, dialect, or idiolect of spoken and or written English.
    • 2003, Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue", in The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, page 278
      I began to write stories using all the Englishes I grew up with: the English I spoke to my mother, which for lack of a better term might be described as “simple”; the English she used with me, which for lack of a better term might be described as “broken”; my translation of her Chinese, which could certainly be described as “watered down”; and what I imagined to be her translation of her Chinese if she could speak in perfect English, her internal language, and for that I sought to preserve the essence, but neither an English nor a Chinese structure.
  3. English language, literature, composition as a subject of study
  4. Surname originally denoting a non-Celtic or non-Danish person in Britain.
  5. A male given name
  6. A town/county seat in Crawford County, Indiana.cln en
Translations Translations
  • Russian: И́нглиш

english (englishes, present participle englishing; past and past participle englished)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To translate, adapt or render into English.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , page 214 (2001 reprint):
      […] severe prohibuit viris suis tum misceri feminas in consuetis suis menstruis, etc. I spare to English this which I have said.
    • 2011, Colin Cheney, 'Where Should I Start with Tomas Tranströmer?':
      Here, the poems are Englished by twelve different translators

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