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ðæn, ðɛn; unstressed ðən, ənthan

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  1. thanadverb

    At that time; then.

  2. thanconjunction

    Because; for.

  3. thanpreposition

    introduces a comparison, and is associated with comparatives, and with words such as more, less, and fewer. Typically, it seeks to measure the force of an adjective or similar description between two predicates.

    Patients diagnosed more recently are probably surviving an average of longer than two years.

  4. Etymology: From than, thanne, from þanne, a variant of þonne, from þana. Cognate with dan, denn, dann. More at then.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thanadverb

    A particle placed in comparison after the comparative adverb.

    Etymology: ðanne , Saxon.

    Were we not better to fall once with virtue,
    Than draw a wretched and dishonour’d breath. Ben Jonson.

    More true delight in that small ground,
    Than in possessing all the earth was found. Daniel.

    I never met with a more unhappy conjuncture of affairs than in the business of that unfortunate earl. Charles I .

    He lov’d her more than plunder. William Congreve.

    I love you for nothing more than for the just esteem you have for all the sons of Adam. Jonathan Swift.


  1. than

    The Here and Now is the fourth studio album by British metalcore band Architects. It was released on 19 January 2011 through Century Media Records in the United Kingdom and majority of Europe, and 20 January 2011 in the United States. The album was recorded with producer Steve Evetts at his own studio The Omen Room Studios in California.


  1. than

    "Than" is a conjunction used to compare two or more things, actions, qualities, or quantities, indicating that one is superior, less favorable, or different from another. It typically follows comparative adjectives or adverbs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Than

    a particle expressing comparison, used after certain adjectives and adverbs which express comparison or diversity, as more, better, other, otherwise, and the like. It is usually followed by the object compared in the nominative case. Sometimes, however, the object compared is placed in the objective case, and than is then considered by some grammarians as a preposition. Sometimes the object is expressed in a sentence, usually introduced by that; as, I would rather suffer than that you should want

  2. Thanadverb

    then. See Then


  1. Than

    Than is a grammatical particle analyzed as both a conjunction and a preposition in the English language. It introduces a comparison, and is associated with comparatives and with words such as more, less, and fewer. Typically, it measures the force of an adjective or similar description between two predicates.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Than

    than, conj. when, as, if compared with—a word placed after the comparative of an adjective or adverb between the things compared. [A.S. thonne, in its use a relative or conjunctive adverb, equivalent to our when, used after comparatives to introduce the standard of comparison; closely allied to thone, accus. masc. of def. art. Cf. The.]

Editors Contribution

  1. than

    A type of adjective.

    The speed of transfer is faster than the speed of light.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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  2. Than

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. THAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Than is ranked #14930 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Than surname appeared 1,983 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Than.

    93.9% or 1,862 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.8% or 57 total occurrences were White.
    1.5% or 31 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 10 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'than' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #89

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'than' in Written Corpus Frequency: #177

Anagrams for than »

  1. ha'nt

  2. tanh

  3. hant

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of than in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of than in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of than in a Sentence

  1. Tate Reeves:

    Well, I would tell you that Republican primary voters are going to vote for a conservative, i have a record of returning money back to the taxpayers, of creating jobs, of having the strongest economy in our state's history, of having the lowest unemployment rate in our state's history, of having more people working in our state than any time in our state's history. MISSISSIPPI GOV. TATE REEVES' ECSTATIC' OVER SUPREME COURT ABORTION RULING, SAYS IT'S A' WIN FOR LIFE' Tate Reeves, governor of Mississippi, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 5, 2022. ( Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images).

  2. Eldad Tamir:

    In Israel, to get a work permit is harder than to make peace.

  3. Rudy Tanzi:

    It's possible that APOE4 either increases amyloid burden in women more than men. Or, perhaps, once amyloid accumulates, it leads to a fast cascade of pathology and neurodegenration in women versus men.

  4. Matt Dallek:

    Whether it’s Teddy Roosevelt busting up trusts in the progressive era or Franklin Roosevelt providing job relief to a country with 25% unemployment, I think Biden is operating within the mainstream, because these are interlocking crises, I think we can see a bit that Biden’s agenda is more ambitious than Obama’s, with the exception of health care.

  5. Jared Meyer:

    Most union bosses are more concerned with their own interests and those of retirees than with providing value for new members.

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