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an

play
indefinite article \ən, (ˈ)an\

Definition of an

  1. :  2a an opera an honor

a vs. 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 (King James Version)

Origin and Etymology of an

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

an

play
preposition \ən, an\

Definition of an

  1. :  3a 2 sixty miles an hour

a vs. 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 (King James Version)

Origin and Etymology of an

see 1an


First Known Use: before 12th century


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an

conjunction
variants: or

an'

Definition of an

  1. 1\see and\ :  and

  2. 2\ˈan\ archaic :  if

12th Century

First Known Use of an

12th century


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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
variants: or

-ian

or less commonly

-ean

Definition of -an

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

  2. 2 :  one skilled in or specializing in phonetician

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
variants: or

-ian

or less commonly

-ean

Definition of -an

  1. 1 :  of or belonging to American Floridian

  2. 2 :  characteristic of :  resembling Mozartean


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 English Language Learners


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-an

adjective suffix

Definition of -an for English Language Learners

  • : of or belonging to

  • : characteristic of : resembling


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\
variants: or

-ian

also

-ean

\ē-ən, yən, ən\

Definition of -an for Students

  1. 1 :  one that belongs to American

  2. 2 :  one skilled in or specializing in magician


2

-an

adjective suffix
variants: or

-ian

also

-ean

Definition of -an for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to American

  2. 2 :  like :  resembling



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