Definition of English adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ//
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connected with England, its people or its language the English countryside an English man/woman typically English attitudes an English dictionary More Aboutthe British There is no singular noun which is commonly used to refer to a person from Britain. Instead the adjective British is used:She’s British. The British have a very odd sense of humour. The adjective English refers only to people from England, not the rest of the United Kingdom. The noun Briton is used mainly in newspapers:The survivors of the avalanche included 12 Britons. It also describes the early inhabitants of Britain:the ancient Britons. Brit is informal. Britisher is now very old-fashioned. Word Origin Old English Englisc (from Angle, a Germanic people who came to England in 5th century AD + -ish). The word originally denoted the early Germanic settlers of Britain (Angles, Saxons, and Jutes), or their language (now called Old English).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: English