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English, adj. pertaining to England: Wiv. II, 3, 62. Meas. I, 2, 34. All's IV, 3, 299. IV, 5, 41. Mcb. II, 3, 15. III, 6, 26. V, 2, 1. V, 3, 8. V, 3, 8 Very often in the Histories (“E. John,” John II, 10. “E. Henry,” H6A II, 1, 36. III, 2, 80. III, 3, 66. “E. John Talbot,” IV, 2, 3. 30).
Substantively, 1) the English language: Wiv. I, 3, 55. I, 4, 6 “(the king's E.).” II, 1, 143. III, 1, 80. IV, 3, 8. V, 5, 142. V, 5, 142 Merch. I, 2, 77. R2 I, 3, 160. H4A II, 4, 27. III, 1, 121. H8 III, 1, 46. V, 5, 15.
2) the English people or army: Merch. II, 8, 29. All's II, 3, 100. Mcb. V, 3, 56. Oth. II, 3, 81. Very often in the Histories, f. i.: “fly, noble E.” John V, 4, 10. Sometimes == Englishmen: “when E. measure backward their own ground,” V, 5, 3. “the blood of E. shall manure the ground,” R2 IV, 137. “a power of E.” H4A I, 1, 22. H4B IV, 4, 98. cf. H5 I, 2, 111. IV, 3, 104.
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