Definitions for al-

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word al-

Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. var. of ad- before

    l: allure.

    Category: Affix


  1. a suffix with the general sense “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of” that named by the stem, occurring in loanwords from Latin (autumnal; natural; pastoral), and productive in English on the Latin model, usu. with bases of Latin origin (accidental; seasonal; tribal).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -ical, -ar1, 2 1 -ial.

Origin of -al:

< L -ālis, -āle


  1. a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usu. verbs of French or Latin origin:

    denial; refusal.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -al:

< L -āle (sing.), -ālia (pl.), nominalized neut. of -ālis -al1; often r. ME -aille < OF < L -ālia


  1. a suffix used in the names of chemical compounds that contain an aldehyde group:

    acetal; furfural.

    Category: Chemistry, Affix

Origin of -al:

prob. extracted from chloral


  1. Alabama.

  2. Anglo-Latin.

    Category: Peoples


  1. aluminum.

    Category: Chemistry

* Chem. Symbol..



  1. other things.

  2. other persons.

Origin of al.:

< L alia]; [< L aliī


  1. American League.

    Category: Sport

  2. American Legion.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

Webster Dictionary

  1. Al-

    all; wholly; completely; as, almighty, almost

  2. Al-

    to; at; on; -- in OF. shortened to a-. See Ad-

  3. Al-

    the Arabic definite article answering to the English the; as, Alkoran, the Koran or the Book; alchemy, the chemistry


  1. Al-

    Al- is the definite article in the Arabic language; a particle whose function is to render the noun on which it is prefixed definite. For example, the word كتاب kitāb "book" can be made definite by prefixing it with al-, resulting in الكتاب al-kitāb "the book". Consequently, al- is typically translated as the in English. Unlike most other particles in Arabic, al- is always prefixed to another word and it never stands alone. Consequently, most dictionaries will not list it as a separate word, and it is almost invariably ignored in collation. By the same token, al- is not a permanent component of the word to which it is prefixed. It is added and removed to toggle between the definiteness and indefiniteness of the word. As a particle, al- does not inflect at all–not for gender, plurality, grammatical case, etc.

Translations for al-

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


second in rank and acting as deputy for

the Vice-President; the vice-chairman.

Get even more translations for al- »


Find a translation for the al- definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these al- definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"al-." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 18 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for al-?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for al-: