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1an

indefinite article \ən, (ˈ)an\

Definition of AN

:  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)>.
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Origin of AN

Middle English, from Old English ān one — more at one
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with AN

2an

preposition \ən, an\

Definition of AN

:  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)>.

First Known Use of AN

before 12th century

3an

conjunction

Definition of AN

1
\see and\ :  and
2
\ˈan\ archaic :  if

Variants of AN

an or an'

First Known Use of AN

12th century

4an

abbreviation

Definition of AN

year

Origin of AN

Latin annum; annus

AN

abbreviation

Definition of AN

airman (Navy)
AN' Defined for Kids

an

indefinite article \ən, an\

Definition of AN for Kids

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

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