English

[ing-glish or, often, -lish]
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adjective

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.

noun

verb (used with object)


Origin of English

before 900; Middle English; Old English Englisc, equivalent to Engle (plural) the English (compare Latin Anglī; see Angle) + -isc -ish1
Related formsEng·lish·ness, nounan·ti-Eng·lish, adjectivehalf-Eng·lish, adjectivenon-Eng·lish, adjective, nounpre-Eng·lish, adjectivepro-Eng·lish, adjectivepseu·do-Eng·lish, adjectivequa·si-Eng·lish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for half-english

half-English

adjective

having partial English citizenship through the nationality of one parent

English

noun

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)

adjective

denoting, using, or relating to the English language
relating to or characteristic of England or the English

verb (tr)

archaic to translate or adapt into EnglishRelated prefix: Anglo-
Derived FormsEnglishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half-english

English

n.1

"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.

English

n.2

"spin imparted to a ball" (as in billiards), 1860, from French anglé "angled" (see angle (n.)), which is similar to Anglais "English."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with half-english

English

see body English; in plain English.

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