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I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English englisc, from Engle (plural) Angles Date: before 12th century of, relating to, or characteristic of England, the English people, or the English language • Englishness noun II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. the language of the people of England and the United States and many areas now or formerly under British control b. a particular variety of English distinguished by peculiarities (as of pronunciation) c. English language, literature, or composition when a subject of study 2. plural in construction the people of England 3. a. an English translation b. idiomatic or intelligible English 4. spin around the vertical axis deliberately imparted to a ball that is driven or rolled — compare draw, follow, body English III. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. to translate into English 2. to adopt into English ; anglicize

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