Definitions for anən; when stressed æn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an*ən; when stressed æn(indefinite article.)

  1. an historian.

    Category: Function Word, Usage Note

    Ref: the form of a1 2 1 before an initial vowel sound

* Usage: See a1 .

Origin of an:

bef. 950; ME; OE ānone

an*ən; when stressed æn(prep.)

  1. 14 dollars an ounce; 55 miles an hour.

    Category: Usage Note

    Ref: the form of a2 2 2 before an initial vowel sound

* Usage: See per.

anən; when stressed æn(conj.)

or an' ; 'n, 'n'

  1. Pron. Spelling.

    Category: Function Word

    Ref: and.

  2. Archaic.

    Category: Function Word

    Ref: if. 1

Origin of an:

1125–75; ME, unstressed phonetic var. of and


  1. a prefix occurring orig. in loanwords from Greek, with the meanings “not,”“without,”“lacking” (

    anaerobic; anhydrous; anonymous

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare a -6. 11 6

Origin of an-:

< Gk


  1. var. of ad- before

    n: announce.

    Category: Affix


  1. var. of ana- before a vowel:


    Category: Affix


  1. a suffix with the general sense “of, pertaining to, having qualities of,” occurring orig. in adjectives borrowed from Latin and formed from nouns denoting places (

    Roman; urban


    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of -an:

ME < L -ānus; or r. -ain, -en < OF < L


  1. a suffix used in the names of organic chemical compounds, esp. polysaccharides:

    pentosan; xanthan.

    Category: Affix, Chemistry

Origin of -an:

of uncert. orig.


  1. Chem. Symbol. actinon.

    Category: Chemistry


  1. in the year.

Origin of an.:

< L annō

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Associate in Nursing, AN(noun)

    an associate degree in nursing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. anən; when stressed æn

    indicates a single person or thing, not a particular one

    a woman; an apple

  2. anən; when stressed æn


    a million dollars

  3. anən; when stressed æn

    a person or thing of a particular type

    It's a Toyota.; I'm an architect.

  4. anən; when stressed æn

    each or every

    twice a day; A dog needs love.

  5. anən; when stressed æn

    indicates an amount

    a lot of people; a few times; a little help; an endless supply


  1. an(Contraction)


    She'll be ridin' an' comin' up soon. The smart girl an' the silly boy.

  2. AN(Noun)

    A set of sizes for screw threads agreed upon and jointly used by the United States Army and Navy.

  3. Origin: From the preposition an/on.

Webster Dictionary

  1. An

    this word is properly an adjective, but is commonly called the indefinite article. It is used before nouns of the singular number only, and signifies one, or any, but somewhat less emphatically. In such expressions as "twice an hour," "once an age," a shilling an ounce (see 2d A, 2), it has a distributive force, and is equivalent to each, every

  2. An

    if; -- a word used by old English authors


  1. an

    .an is the Internet country code top-level domain for the former Netherlands Antilles. It is administered by the University of the Netherlands Antilles. As the Netherlands Antilles have been dissolved in 2010, the domain is being phased out. As of November 2010 the .an domain remains live with over 800 domains registered under .an including secondary levels.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'an' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #34

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'an' in Written Corpus Frequency: #92

Translations for an

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

an(indef. article)


There is a boy in the garden.

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