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an

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indefinite article \ən, (ˈ)an\

Definition of an

  1. :  2a



Usage Discussion of an

In speech and writing a is used before a consonant sound <a door> <a human>. Before a vowel sound an is usual <an icicle> <an honor> but especially in speech a is used occasionally, more often in some dialects than in others <a apple> <a hour> <a obligation>. Before a consonant sound represented by a vowel letter a is usual <a one> <a union> but an also occurs though less frequently now than formerly <an unique> <such an one>. Before unstressed or weakly stressed syllables with initial h both a and an are used in writing <a historic> <an historic>. In the King James Version of the Old Testament and occasionally in writing and speech an is used before h in a stressed syllable <an huntress> <an hundred> <children are an heritage of the Lord — Psalms 127:3(Authorized Version)>.

Origin and Etymology of an

Middle English, from Old English ān one — more at one


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with an


2

an

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preposition \ən, an\

Definition of an

  1. :  3a 2



Usage Discussion of an

In speech and writing a is used before a consonant sound <a door> <a human>. Before a vowel sound an is usual <an icicle> <an honor> but especially in speech a is used occasionally, more often in some dialects than in others <a apple> <a hour> <a obligation>. Before a consonant sound represented by a vowel letter a is usual <a one> <a union> but an also occurs though less frequently now than formerly <an unique> <such an one>. Before unstressed or weakly stressed syllables with initial h both a and an are used in writing <a historic> <an historic>. In the King James Version of the Old Testament and occasionally in writing and speech an is used before h in a stressed syllable <an huntress> <an hundred> <children are an heritage of the Lord — Psalms 127:3(Authorized Version)>.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of an

before 12th century


3

an

conjunction

Definition of an

  1. 1 \see and\ :  and

  2. 2 \ˈan\ archaic :  if



12th Century

First Known Use of an

12th century

Variants of an

or

an'


4

an

abbreviation

Definition of an

  1. year



Origin and Etymology of an

Latin annum; annus


AN

abbreviation

Definition of AN

  1. airman (Navy)




an-

Definition of an-

  1. see 2a-




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-an

noun suffix

Definition of -an

  1. 1 :  one that is of or relating to <American>

  2. 2 :  one skilled in or specializing in <phonetician>



Variants of -an

or

-ian

also

-ean

Origin and Etymology of -an

-an & -ian from Middle English -an, -ian, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French -ien, from Latin -ianus, from -i- + -anus, from -anus, adjective suffix; -ean from such words as Mediterranean, European


2

-an

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -an

  • : of or belonging to

  • : characteristic of : resembling

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of -an

  1. 1 :  of or belonging to <American> <Floridian>

  2. 2 :  characteristic of :  resembling <Mozartean>

Variants of -an

or

-ian

also

-ean


3

-an

noun suffix

Definition of -an

  1. 1 :  unsaturated organic compound <furan>

  2. 2 :  anhydride of a carbohydrate <dextran>



Origin and Etymology of -an

International Scientific Vocabulary -an, -ane, alteration of -ene, -ine, & -one


AN Defined for Kids

an

play
indefinite article \ən, an\

Definition of an for Students

  1. :  2a Hint: An is used before words beginning with a vowel sound. <an oak> <an hour>




1

-an

noun suffix \ən\

Definition of -an for Students

  1. 1 :  one that belongs to <American>

  2. 2 :  one skilled in or specializing in <magician>



Variants of -an

or

-ian

also

-ean

\ē-ən, yən, ən\

2

-an

adjective suffix

Definition of -an for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to <American>

  2. 2 :  like :  resembling



Variants of -an

or

-ian

also

-ean


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