[ ing-glish or, often, -lish ]
/ ˈɪŋ glɪʃ or, often, -lɪʃ /
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.
verb (used with object)
to translate into English: to English Euripides.
to adopt (a foreign word) into English; Anglicize.
(sometimes lowercase) Sports. to impart English to (a ball).
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Origin of English
OTHER WORDS FROM English
Eng·lish·ness, nounan·ti-Eng·lish, adjectivehalf-Eng·lish, adjectivenon-Eng·lish, adjective, noun
pre-Eng·lish, adjectivepro-Eng·lish, adjectivepseu·do-Eng·lish, adjectivequa·si-Eng·lish, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pseudo-english
The first few pages, however, contain a table of French sounds with their pseudo-English equivalents.
She spoke with the pseudo-English accent of the stage, but with a Southern slip upon the vowels here and there.The Story of a Play|W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-english
/ (ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ) /
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-
Derived forms of EnglishEnglishness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with pseudo-english
see body English; in plain English.
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