Origin of the word: ENGLISH
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- Old English Engle (pl.), Englisc (sing.): the Angles (one of the first tribes of Britain).
- Lat. anglī: the Angles.
There are two hypothesis about the roots of this name (Angles). It probably comes from:
- Lat. uncus and Gr. ὄγκος (‘on·kos): hook, barb. Because: 1) the Angles used harpoons (barbed weapons) in battle; 2) the Jutland peninsula, the land where the tribe came from was shaped like a fishhook; or 3) they were mostly fishermen.
- Another theory refers to the Nordic chronicles about the sons of King Humbli: Angul (who became father of the Angles) and Dan (the father of the Danes).
- Present: In or relating to the English language; relating to or from England (adjective); the language that is spoken in the UK, the US, and in many other countries; the people of England (noun) (Cambridge Dictionary). Of or relating to England or its people or language (adjective); the West Germanic language of England, now widely used in many varieties throughout the world; the people of England (noun) (Oxford Dictionary).
- Original: The Angles and their language.