\ ə-ˈnän How to pronounce anon (audio) \

Definition of anon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : soon, presently … tomorrow will be here anon.— Nathaniel Hawthorne
2 : after a while : later more of that anon
3 archaic : at once : immediately

Definition of anon (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of anon in a Sentence

Adverb I will answer his letter anon. be ready—we will begin our Yuletide Boar's Head Feast anon
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First Known Use of anon


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for anon


Middle English, from Old English on ān, from on in + ān one — more at on, one

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The first known use of anon was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of anon

literary + humorous : in a short time

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