en

noun \ ˈen \

Definition of en

1 :the width of a piece of type half the width of an em
2 :the letter n

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First Known Use of en

1792


1

en-

prefix
variants: or less commonly em- \in also en; sometimes only in, is shown when enis infrequent\

Definition of en-

1 :put into or onto
  • enthrone
:cover with
  • enshroud
:go into or onto
  • enplane
in verbs formed from nouns
2 :cause to be
  • enslave
in verbs formed from adjectives or nouns
3 :provide with
  • empower
in verbs formed from nouns
4 :so as to cover
  • enwrap
:thoroughly
  • entangle
in verbs formed from verbs in all senses usually em- before b, m, or p

Origin and Etymology of en-

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin in-, im-, from in


2

en-

prefix
variants: or less commonly em-

Definition of en-

:in :within
  • enzootic
usually em- before b, m, or p
  • empathy

Origin and Etymology of en-

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from en in — more at in


1

-en

adjective suffix
variants: or less commonly -n

Definition of -en

:made of :consisting of
  • earthen
  • leathern

Origin and Etymology of -en

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German -īn made of, Latin -īnus of or belonging to, Greek -inos made of, of or belonging to


2

-en

verb suffix

Definition of -en

1 a :cause to be
  • sharpen
b :cause to have
  • lengthen
2 a :come to be
  • steepen
b :come to have
  • lengthen

Origin and Etymology of -en

Middle English -nen, from Old English -nian; akin to Old High German -inōn -en


EN Defined for English Language Learners

-en

adjective suffix

Definition of -en for English Language Learners

  • : made of : consisting of


-en

verb suffix

Definition of -en for English Language Learners

  • : to become or cause to be

  • : to cause or come to have


EN Defined for Kids

en-

prefix
variants: also em-

Definition of en- for Students

1 :put or go into or onto
  • encase
  • enthrone
2 :cause to be
  • enrich
3 :provide with
  • empower
Hint: In all senses en- is usually em- before b, m, or p.

1

-en

adjective suffix \ ən , ᵊn \
variants: also -n \n\

Definition of -en for Students

:made of :consisting of
  • earthen
  • woolen

2

-en

verb suffix

Definition of -en for Students

1 :become or cause to be
  • sharpen
2 :cause or come to have
  • lengthen

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