- of, relating to, or characteristic of England or its inhabitants, institutions, etc.
- belonging or relating to, or spoken or written in, the English language: a high-school English class; an English translation of a Spanish novel.
- 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). Abbreviation: E
- 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.
- body English.
- Printing. a 14-point type of a size between pica and Columbian.
- a grade of calendered paper having a smooth matte finish.
- to translate into English: to English Euripides.
- to adopt (a foreign word) into English; Anglicize.
- (sometimes lowercase) Sports. to impart English to (a ball).
Origin of English
Examples from the Web for englishness
But I do maintain that the Englishness of Boston has been seriously exaggerated.Your United States
In one respect her Englishness of accent was less an imitation or an affectation than a certain form of politeness and modesty.The Cup of Fury
The Englishness of his landscapes makes Gainsborough popular.English Painters
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Democracy in England has been the chief representative of veritable Englishness up to these days.The Mirrors of Downing Street
All that is most characteristic of Tennyson, even his Englishness, is gathered up in this poem of six stanzas.Introduction to Robert Browning
- 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 branchSee also Middle English, Old English, Modern English
- the English (functioning as plural) 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 (def. 16)
- denoting, using, or relating to the English language
- relating to or characteristic of England or the English
- archaic to translate or adapt into EnglishRelated prefix: Anglo-
Word Origin and History for englishness
"people of England; the speech of England," Old English Englisc (contrasted to Denisc, Frencisce, etc.), from Engle (plural) "the Angles," the name of one of the Germanic 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 (see angle (n.)).
The term was used from earliest times without distinction for all the Germanic invaders -- Angles, Saxon, Jutes (Bede's gens Anglorum) -- and applied to their group of related languages by Alfred the Great. After 1066, of the population of England (as distinguished from Normans and French), a distinction which lasted only about a generation.
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. As an adjective, "of or belonging to England," from late 13c. Old English is from early 13c.
"spin imparted to a ball" (as in billiards), 1860, from French anglé "angled" (see angle (n.)), which is similar to Anglais "English."