an end


Definition of an end

1 archaic : to the end : continuously
2 obsolete : upright, endways
3 : directly ahead : lengthwise

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of an end

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for an end

Middle English an ende, on ende, from an (alteration of on), on + ende end

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about an end

Time Traveler for an end

Time Traveler

The first known use of an end was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for an end

Cite this Entry

“An end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

Comments on an end

What made you want to look up an end? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

March 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • field of crocuses
  • Which is a synonym of rectitudinous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!