What is English?

  • (noun): The discipline that studies the English language and literature.
    See also — Additional definitions below

English

English may refer to something of, from, or related to England, especially:

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Some articles on English:

Old English Literature
... Old English literature (or Anglo-Saxon literature) encompasses literature written in Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon) in Anglo-Saxon England, in the period from ... proves significant to study of the era, preserving a chronology of early English history, while the poem Cædmon's Hymn from the 7th century survives as the oldest extant work of literature in English ... periods of research—in the 19th and early 20th centuries the focus was on the Germanic roots of English, later the literary merits were emphasised, and today the focus is upon paleography and the ...
Hamburg - Culture and Contemporary Life - Theatres
... The English Theatre of Hamburg near U3 Mundsburg station was established in 1976 and is the oldest professional English-speaking theatre in Germany, and has exclusively English native-speaking actors in its ...
Maltese Language - Vocabulary - English
... It is estimated that English loanwords, which are becoming more commonplace, make up 20% of the Maltese vocabulary, although other sources claim amounts as low as 6% ... This percentage discrepancy is due to the fact that a number of new English loanwords are sometimes not officially considered part of the Maltese vocabulary hence, they are not ... English loanwords are generally transliterated, although standard English pronunciation is virtually always retained ...
English - Other
... English (surname), people with the family name English English (programming language) English (film), an upcoming film English, a chiefly American expression for side spin of a ball in sports Chess ...
July 12 - Deaths
1466) 1584 – Steven Borough, English explorer (b. 1620) 1693 – John Ashby, English admiral (b. 1640) 1712 – Richard Cromwell, English son of Oliver Cromwell (b ...

More definitions of "English":

  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: English language
  • (adj): Of or relating to or characteristic of England or its culture.
    Example: "English history"; "the English landed aristocracy"; "English literature"
  • (noun): (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist.
    Synonyms: side

Famous quotes containing the word english:

    The English winter—ending in July,
    To recommence in August.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    Take heed of enemies reconciled, and of meat twice boiled.
    Collected in John Ray, English Proverbs. English proverb (1670)

    The apparent rulers of the English nation are like the imposing personages of a splendid procession: it is by them the mob are influenced; it is they whom the spectators cheer. The real rulers are secreted in second-rate carriages; no one cares for them or asks after them, but they are obeyed implicitly and unconsciously by reason of the splendour of those who eclipsed and preceded them.
    Walter Bagehot (1826–1877)