\ ən(d), (ˈ)an(d) How to pronounce and (audio) , usually ᵊn(d), after t, d , s or z; often ᵊm, after p or b; sometimes ᵊŋ, after k or g \

Definition of and

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 used as a function word to indicate connection or addition especially of items within the same class or type used to join sentence elements of the same grammatical rank or function
2a used as a function word to express logical modification, consequence, antithesis, or supplementary explanation
b used as a function word to join one finite verb (such as go, come, try) to another so that together they are logically equivalent to an infinitive of purpose come and see me
3 obsolete : if
4 used in logic to form a conjunction
and so forth \ ən-​ˈsō-​ˌfȯrth How to pronounce and (audio) \
1 : and others or more of the same or similar kind
2 : further in the same or similar manner
3 : and the rest
4 : and other things
and so on \ ən-​ˈsō-​ˌȯn How to pronounce and (audio) , -​ˌän \
: and so forth


\ ˈand How to pronounce AND (audio) \

Definition of AND (Entry 2 of 2)

: a logical operator that requires both of two inputs to be present or two conditions to be met for an output to be made or a statement to be executed

Frequently Asked Questions About and

Can you start a sentence with and?

It's perfectly acceptable to begin a sentence with and, as well as with other words that we are often taught to avoid at the start of a sentence, such as but and or. Examples of sentence-initial and date back more than 1,000 years.

What type of word is and?

And is a conjunction, and in particular a coordinating conjunction. Conjunctions are words that join together other words or groups of words, and coordinating conjunctions specifically connect words, phrases, and clauses that are of equal importance in the sentence. The other common coordinating conjunctions are or and but.

What does and mean in an address?

When and is used in describing locations, it indicates a point where two streets meet or cross. For example, in "I live at Third and Main," the and indicates that the speaker lives close to where Third Street and Main Street meet or cross.

Examples of and in a Sentence

Conjunction 2 and 2 equals 4.

First Known Use of and


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for and


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German unti and

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“And.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/and. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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\ ənd How to pronounce and (audio) , and \

Kids Definition of and

1 : added to 2 and 2 make 4
2 : as well as ice cream and cake strong and healthy
3 used to describe an action that is repeated or that occurs for a long time The dog barked and barked.
4 used to indicate the purpose of an action Please try and call.
and so forth
: and others or more of the same kind He collects model cars, trains, planes, and so forth.
and so on
: and so forth Young cats are called kittens, young dogs are puppies, and so on.

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