Origin of ain
1700–25; representing Old English ǣgen or Old Norse eiginn; replacing Middle English (Scots) awyn, awne, Old English āgen; see own
- a department in E France. 2249 sq. mi. (5825 sq. km). Capital: Bourg.
- the 18th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
- the voiced pharyngeal constrictive consonant represented by this letter.
Origin of ʿain
From the Arabic word ʿayn
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Examples from the Web for ain
Ain Kawa is known as a Christian district, with Ziggurat-style churches dotting the horizon.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
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He says Ain el-Hilweh is seeing a rising number of clashes—three or four a month —that can last two to three hours.PLO Official: Al-Qaeda To Target Lebanese Christians
February 7, 2014
They built a church that still stands today, which overlooks the hillside and Ain River.The Drink All You Want Holiday Wine
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Ain Zara remained under the control of one of those militias until less than four months ago.
“What they are doing in Ain Zara to Abdul is inhumane,” Najat says.
He winna trust him for naething that he hasna his ain word, or some ither body's for!
Weel, I alloo, she's deen as a wuman sud—the faut bein a' her ain!
She's perfecly free to tak her ain gait—and she kens she is!
It was for his sake and the laddie's ain that I wantit him to come to me.
He'll hae ill shawin the face o' 'm again i' 's ain calf-country!'
- a Scot word for own
- a variant of ayin
- a department in E central France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Bourg. Pop: 539 006 (2003 est). Area: 5785 sq km (2256 sq miles)
- a river in E France, rising in the Jura Mountains and flowing south to the Rhône. Length: 190 km (118 miles)
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