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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


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