1[mass noun] The English language including all of its regional varieties, such as North American, Australian, New Zealand, and South African English.
- ‘But when you add up all the speakers of English in the world and you reach a total of about 1 1/2 billion, even America is only a small dialect of world English - 250 million speakers in America, or something like that.’
- 1.1A basic form of English, consisting of features common to all regional varieties.
- ‘The simplification used in World English is aimed directly at improving communication particularly across cultural lines - essentially increasing the odds whereby persons can be understood and can understand others’
- ‘But there is a sense now that there is a need for having a world English, and in a sense, isn't that what The New Oxford Dictionary of English is?’