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1    the official language of Britain, the U.S., 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 branch  
   See also       Middle English       Old English       Modern English  
2    the English   functioning as pl   the natives or inhabitants of England or (loosely) of Britain collectively  
3    (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 14 point  
4    an old style of black-letter typeface  
5    often not cap   the usual U.S. and Canadian term for side (in billiards)  
6    denoting, using, or relating to the English language  
7    relating to or characteristic of England or the English  
      vb   tr  
8    Archaic   to translate or adapt into English,   (Related prefix)        Anglo-  
  Englishness      n  

basic English  
      n   a simplified form of English, proposed by C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards, containing a vocabulary of approximately 850 of the commonest English words, intended as an international language  
      n     (English law)   (until 1925) a custom in certain English boroughs whereby the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers  
   Compare       primogeniture       gavelkind  
     (C14: from Anglo-French tenure en burgh Engloys tenure in an English borough; so called because the custom was unknown in France)  
Early English  
      n   a style of architecture used in England in the 12th and 13th centuries, characterized by lancet arches, narrow openings, and plate tracery  
English bond  
      n   a bond used in brickwork that has a course of headers alternating with a course of stretchers  
English Canadian  
      n   a Canadian citizen whose first language is English, esp. one of English descent  
English Channel  
      n   an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between S England and N France, linked with the North Sea by the Strait of Dover. Length: about 560 km (350 miles). Width: between 32 km (20 miles) and 161 km (100 miles)  
English flute  
      n     (Music)      another name for       recorder       4  
English Heritage  
      n   an organization, partly funded by government aid, that looks after ancient monuments and historic buildings in England,   (Official name)    The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England  
English horn  
      n     (Music)      another name for       cor anglais  
English setter  
      n   a breed of setter having a white coat speckled with liver, brown, or yellowish markings  
English springer spaniel  
      n      See       springer spaniel  
estuary English  
      n   a variety of standard British English in which the pronunciation reflects various features characteristic of London and the Southeast of England  
     (C20: from the area around the Thames estuary where it originated)  
King's English  
      n   (esp. when the British sovereign is male) standard Southern British English  
Middle English  
      n   the English language from about 1100 to about 1450: main dialects are Kentish, Southwestern (West Saxon), East Midland (which replaced West Saxon as the chief literary form and developed into Modern English), West Midland, and Northern (from which the Scots of Lowland Scotland and other modern dialects developed)  
   Compare       Old English       Modern English     (Abbrev.)    ME  
Modern English  
      n   the English language since about 1450, esp. any of the standard forms developed from the S East Midland dialect of Middle English  
   See also       English       Middle English       Old English  
New English Bible  
      n   a new Modern English version of the Bible and Apocrypha, published in full in 1970  
Norman English  
      n   the dialect of English used by the Norman conquerors of England  
Old English  
1      (Also called)    Anglo-Saxon   the English language from the time of the earliest settlements in the fifth century a.d. to about 1100. The main dialects were West Saxon (the chief literary form), Kentish, and Anglian  
   Compare       Middle English       Modern English     (Abbrev.)    OE  
2      (Printing)   a Gothic typeface commonly used in England up until the 18th century  
Old English sheepdog  
      n   a breed of large bobtailed sheepdog with a profuse shaggy coat  
Oxford English  
      n   that form of the received pronunciation of English supposed to be typical of Oxford University and regarded by many as affected or pretentious  
pidgin English  
      n   a pidgin in which one of the languages involved is English  
queen's English  
      n   (when the British sovereign is female) standard Southern British English  
Southern British English  
      n   the dialect of spoken English regarded as standard in England and considered as having high social status in comparison with other British English dialects. Historically, it is derived from the S East Midland dialect of Middle English,   (Abbrev.)    SBE      See also       Received Pronunciation  
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the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
specific language used in the Pentagon
artificial long word coined to mean a lung disease known as silicosis, a type of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of ultra-microscopic particles of crystalline silica volcanic dust. It has the particularity of being the longest word in the English language published in a dictionary
Longer tech. terms exist (up to 189,819 letters!).The word, presumably coined in 1935 by E.M. Smith (pres. of the National Puzzlers'League) in imitation of very long medical terms, contains 45 letters
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
transform into something English, render similar to an English person or thing
to localize a website is to translate it in the local language of the ones who will read it.
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