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Definition of ah

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to express delight, relief, regret, or contemptAh, finished at last!



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intransitive verb

: to exclaim in amazement, joy, or surprise oohing and aahing at the fireworks

Definition of AH (Entry 3 of 3)

1 ampere-hour
2 anno hegirae
3 arts and humanities

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Synonyms for ah

Synonyms: Interjection

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Examples of ah in a Sentence

Interjection ah—so that's the way it is!
Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection Ah, sisterhood, that special bond that can never be broken by distance nor time. Elizabeth Logan, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Reveals She Shares Underwear with Kendall on Life With Kylie," 29 Aug. 2017 Ah, yes, velocity and mass, a combination that glues us to our televisions on Sunday afternoons, a combination Davis will have to navigate. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions rookie Jarrad Davis was born to lead the defense," 23 Aug. 2017 Ah, the girl whose mysterious death started it all. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Twin Peaks: 6 Big Mysteries That Sunday’s Jam-Packed Episode Finally (Maybe) Solved," 14 Aug. 2017 Ah, yes, the evil mainstream media was again keeping the important stuff from us. The Hive, "The Simple Reason Scaramucci’s War on Leakers Is Doomed," 28 July 2017 Ah, summertime and the living is easy...or at least, that's the goal. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "Floral Arrangements To Try If You Have A Summer Zodiac Sign," 29 June 2017 Ah, siblings—there's no better partner in crime, right?! Lauren Matthews, Woman's Day, "Watch This Little Boy Help His Brother Escape His Crib and Smile Forever," 13 June 2017 Ah, so that's why some rooms get left out of the reveal. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Ah, so that's why they don't show all the rooms in the reveal.," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of ah


1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ah


Middle English

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“Ah.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ah. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ah

used to express pleasure, relief, etc.

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dull or mediocre

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