Python is a high level general-purpose programming language. It uses a multi-paradigm approach, meaning it supports procedural, object-oriented and some functional programming constructs.
It was created by Guido van Rossum as a successor to another language (called ABC) between 1985 and 1990, and is currently used on a large array of domains, like web development, as a scripting language for other applications and to build actual applications.
Python is developed under an OSI-approved open source license, making it freely usable and distributable, even for commercial use. Python's license is administered by the Python Software Foundation.