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Definition of en

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : the width of a piece of type half the width of an em
2 : the letter n
variants: or less commonly em- \ in also  en ; sometimes only  in , is shown when  en is infrequent \

Definition of en- (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : put into or onto enthrone : cover with enshroud : go into or onto enplane in verbs formed from nouns
2 : cause to be enslave in verbs formed from adjectives or nouns
3 : provide with empower in verbs formed from nouns
4 : so as to cover enwrap : thoroughly entangle in verbs formed from verbs in all senses usually em- before b, m, or p
variants: or less commonly em-

Definition of en- (Entry 3 of 5)

: in : within enzootic usually em- before b, m, or pempathy
variants: or less commonly -n

Definition of -en (Entry 4 of 5)

: made of : consisting of earthen leathern

Definition of -en (Entry 5 of 5)

1a : cause to be sharpen
b : cause to have lengthen
2a : come to be steepen
b : come to have lengthen

Examples of en in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Upstairs, there are five more bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Westlake 'castle' asks $2.795 million: House of the Week," 4 Aug. 2017 Each of the rooms has its own en-suite bathroom— meaning there's no locker room awkwardness— Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "Buzz Worthy," 26 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of en


1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for en

Prefix (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin in-, im-, from in

Prefix (2)

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from en in — more at in

Adjective suffix

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German -īn made of, Latin -īnus of or belonging to, Greek -inos made of, of or belonging to

Verb suffix

Middle English -nen, from Old English -nian; akin to Old High German -inōn -en

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“En.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of -en

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made of : consisting of

English Language Learners Definition of -en (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become or cause to be
: to cause or come to have


variants: also em-

Kids Definition of en-

1 : put or go into or onto encase enthrone
2 : cause to be enrich
3 : provide with empower
Hint: In all senses en- is usually em- before b, m, or p.
\ ən, ᵊn \
variants: also -n \ n \

Kids Definition of -en

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made of : consisting of earthen woolen

Kids Definition of -en (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : become or cause to be sharpen
2 : cause or come to have lengthen

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