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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun English:


Fun fact! About 11% of the entire English language is the letter E.

Fun fact! English is not the official language of England.

Fun fact! English isn't the language of the motto of the British Crown, which is French: "Dieu et mon Droit" ("God and my Right").

Fun fact! Old English did not have its origin in England, but in west Germany.

Fun fact! India has more people who speak or understand English than any other country in the world.

Fun fact! The first English dictionary was written in 1755.

Fun fact! English is the official language of the sky. It doesn't matter which country they are from, all pilots speak in English on international flights.

Fun fact! During the Middle Ages, the aristocratic classes in England spoke Anglo-Norman French and only the lower classes spoke English language.

Fun fact! Until 1870's, the schools in England taught only Greek and Latin and there were no professors of English literature in Oxford and Cambridge. But then back in India, schools had a well developed curriculum to teach English.

Fun fact! In its earliest known written record, the English alphabet had 29 letters.

Fun fact! Samuel Johnson left the letter X out of his dictionary, claiming that X "begins no word in the English language."

Fun fact! Nigeria has more English speakers than the United Kingdom.

Fun fact! Roughly 6% of everything you will ever read or write in English will be just the word "the".

The word English is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun english

What does english mean as a name of something?

English is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: Englishes

  1. an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
  2. the people of England
  3. the discipline that studies the English language and literature
  4. (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist

Alternative definition of the noun english


  1. One’s ability to employ the English language correctly.
  2. The English-language term or expression for something.
  3. Specific language or wording; a text or statements in speech, whether a translation or otherwise.
  4. (countable) A regional type of spoken and or written English; a dialect.


  1. [US] Spinning or rotary motion given to a ball around the vertical axis, as in billiards or bowling.

Specialised definition of the noun english

Glossary of sports / billiards

side (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • region: USA, Canada

Definition of the adjective english

What does english mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more English / Englisher |

  1. of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture or people
    • examples: English history | the English landed aristocracy | English literature
    • lexical domain: Relational Adjectives (pertainyms)
  2. of or relating to the English language

Alternative definition of the adjective english


  1. English-language; of or pertaining to the English language.
  2. Of or pertaining to England or its people.
  3. Of or pertaining to a Englishman, Englishwoman.
  4. Of or pertaining to the avoirdupois system of measure.


  1. English a.k.a. England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west. The Irish Sea lies north west of England, whilst the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. The North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separate England from continental Europe. The country covers much of the central and southern part of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic; and includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight.
  2. English a.k.a. Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising thousands of islands. It encompasses 33 provinces and 1 Special Administrative Region with an estimated population of over 252 million people, making it the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia's republican form of government comprises an elected legislature and president. The nation's capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, Palau, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of the G-20 major economies. The Indonesian economy is the world's 17th largest by nominal GDP.
  3. English a.k.a. The Kingdom of England was a state on Great Britain from the 10th century, when it emerged following the unification of various Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, until 1707, when it united with Scotland to form a unified Kingdom of Great Britain.
  4. English is a town in and the county seat of Sterling Township, Crawford County, Indiana, United States. The population was 645 at the 2010 census, making it one of Indiana's smallest county seats.
  5. English a.k.a. Commonwealth of England: The Commonwealth, or Commonwealth of England, was the period from 1649 onwards when England, along later with Ireland and Scotland, was ruled as a republic following the end of the Second English Civil War and the trial and execution of Charles I. The republic's existence was initially declared through "An Act declaring England to be a Commonwealth", adopted by the Rump Parliament on 19 May 1649. Power in the early Commonwealth was vested primarily in the Parliament and a Council of State. During the period, fighting continued, particularly in Ireland and Scotland, between the parliamentary forces and those opposed to them, as part of what is now referred to as the Third English Civil War.
  6. English is an unincorporated community in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA.
  7. English a.k.a. English, Red River County, Texas: English is an Unincorporated community in northeastern Red River County, Texas, USA, 11 miles northeast of Clarksville.

There are other places with in their name, like English Lake, English Bazar, English Creek, English Hills, North English, South English, English Church, English Tangier, English village, English Cemetery, English Frankton, English Midlands, English Township, English Settlement, New English School, English High School, East English Village, English Harbour East, English Harbour West.


  1. "English" is a musical single of Nick Rowan.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  2. "English" is a musical album of English.


  1. "English" is a book by Will Ferguson.
    • subjects: Education, United States of America, Career, Counseling
  2. "English" is a book by Clyde E. Weinhold.


  1. "English" a.k.a. "Boychoir" is a 2014 American drama film directed by François Girard and written by Ben Ripley. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Debra Winger and The American Boychoir.
  2. "English" a.k.a. "English: An Autumn in London" is a Malayalam film written by Ajayan Venugopalan and directed by Shyamaprasad. A drama with slight tinges of black humour and satire, the film stars Jayasurya, Mukesh, Nivin Pauly, Nadia Moidu, Remya Nambeesan. The film is produced by Binu Dev under the banner of Navarang Screens and features music composed by Rex Vijayan of the band Avial, whilst cinematography is handled by Udayan Ambaadi and is edited by Vinod Sukumaran. The film tells the story of the lives of the Malayalees living in London.


  1. English a.k.a. Old English or Anglo-Saxon is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southern and eastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century.
  2. English is a language.
  3. English is a database retrieval and reporting language somewhat like SQL, but with no programming or update abilities. It was originally released by Microdata in 1973 and named so that the company's brochures could claim that developers could generate reports on their implementation of the Pick operating system using English.
    • also known as English programming language
  4. English is a field of study.
  5. english is a translation, published work.

Phrases with English

Phrases starting with the word English:

  1. english elm
  2. english ivy
  3. english oak
  4. english yew
  5. english bean
  6. English bond
  7. English Hake
  8. english horn
  9. english iris
  10. English Plus
  11. English Rose
  12. english sole
  13. English Vice
  14. english-weed

Phrases ending with the word English:

  1. In English
  2. Bbc English
  3. old english
  4. body english
  5. Full English
  6. I Am English

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for English

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Google previewThe Primary English Encyclopedia (2012)

The Heart of the Curriculum by Margaret Mallett

ENGLISH DEVELOPMENT PLAN research or educational writing. The team, led by John Paine, the main editor until 2010, and now by Rob Sanderson, also help judge the English Association's annual awards for outstanding picture books ...

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Quotes about English

People say my music is English. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's not me writing English music, but that English music is becoming more like me. (Harrison Birtwistle)
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Scrabble value of E1N1G2L1I1S1H4

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ENGLISH

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