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noun
  1. Indian mulberry.

Origin of al

From the Hindi word āl

Al

[al]
noun
  1. a male given name: form of Albert, Alfred, Aloysius.

Al

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. aluminum.

AL

  1. Alabama (approved especially for use with zip code).
  2. Anglo-Latin.

al-

  1. variant of ad- before l: allure.

Al-

  1. a word in Arabic names meaning “family” or “the house of”: Al-Saud, or the members of the house of Saud.

Origin of Al-

From the Arabic word āl family

al.1

  1. other things.

Origin of al.1

From the Latin word alia

al.2

  1. other persons.

Origin of al.2

From the Latin word aliī

AL.

  1. Anglo-Latin.

a.l.

  1. autograph letter.

-al1

  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, usually with bases of Latin origin (accidental; seasonal; tribal). Originally, -al1 was restricted to stems not containing an -l- (cf. -ar1); recent lapses in this rule have produced semantically distinct pairs, as familiar and familial.
Compare -ical, -ial.

Origin of -al1

< Latin ālis, -āle; often replacing Middle English -el < Old French

-al2

  1. a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually verbs of French or Latin origin: denial; refusal.

Origin of -al2

< Latin -āle (singular), -ālia (plural), nominalized neuter of -ālis -al1; often replacing Middle English -aille < Old French < Latin -ālia

-al3

  1. Chemistry. a suffix indicating that a compound contains an aldehyde group: chloral.

Origin of -al3

presumed to be short for aldehyde

A.L.

  1. Baseball. American League.
  2. American Legion.
  3. Anglo-Latin.

Gore1

[gawr, gohr]
noun
  1. Albert Arnold, Jr.Al, born 1948, U.S. politician: vice president of the U.S. 1993–2001.

Oerter

[awr-ter, ohr-]
noun
  1. Alfred A.Al, 1936–2007, U.S. track and field athlete: four-time Olympic discus champion.

Unser

[uhn-ser]
noun
  1. AlbertAl, born 1939, and his brother Robert (Bobby), born 1934, U.S. racing-car drivers.
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Examples from the Web for al

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Ezry Winship al'ays has done for his own, an' he proposes to do, jes' as fur's he's able.

  • "Al Mayne, please, sir," this in the humble tone of a stable-boy.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • I al'ays did have a hankerin' that way, an' I don't mind tellin' ye.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • No matter where I start, some way or another I al'ays git back to Solomon.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • I've studied on it consid'able, an' I al'ays s'posed 'twas because she'd got him, an' that was all she cared for.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for al

al

the internet domain name for
  1. Albania

Al

the chemical symbol for
  1. aluminium

AL

abbreviation for
  1. Alabama
  2. Anglo-Latin
  3. (in the US and Canada) American League (of baseball teams)
  4. Albania (international car registration)

-al1

suffix forming adjectives
  1. of; related to; connected withfunctional; sectional; tonal

Word Origin

from Latin -ālis

-al2

suffix forming nouns
  1. the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stemrebuttal; recital; renewal

Word Origin

via Old French -aille, -ail, from Latin -ālia, neuter plural used as substantive, from -ālis -al 1

-al3

suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating an aldehydeethanal
  2. indicating a pharmaceutical productphenobarbital

Word Origin

shortened from aldehyde

gore1

noun
  1. blood shed from a wound, esp when coagulated
  2. informal killing, fighting, etc

Word Origin

Old English gor dirt; related to Old Norse gor half-digested food, Middle Low German göre, Dutch goor

gore2

verb
  1. (tr) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk

Word Origin

C16: probably from Old English gār spear

gore3

noun
  1. a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
  2. a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
verb
  1. (tr) to make into or with a gore or gores
Derived Formsgored, adjective

Word Origin

Old English gāra; related to Old Norse geiri gore, Old High German gēro

Gore

noun
  1. Al (bert) Jr. born 1948, US Democrat politician; vice president of the US (1993–2001); defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2000; leading environmental campaigner; shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change
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Word Origin and History for al

-al

1

suffix forming adjectives from nouns or other adjectives, "of, like, related to," Middle English -al, -el, from French or directly from Latin -alis (see -al (2)).

-al

2

suffix forming nouns of action from verbs, mostly from Latin and French, meaning "act of ______ing" (e.g. survival, referral), Middle English -aille, from French feminine singular -aille, from Latin -alia, neuter plural of adjective suffix -alis, also used in English as a noun suffix. Nativized in English and used with Germanic verbs (e.g. bestowal, betrothal).

gore

n.2

"triangular piece of ground," Old English gara, related to gar "spear" (see gar), on the notion of "triangularity." Hence also meanings "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular piece of cloth" (early 14c.).

-al

3

word-forming element in chemistry to indicate "presence of an aldehyde group" (from aldehyde). The suffix also is commonly used in forming the names of drugs, often narcotics (e.g. barbital), a tendency that apparently began in German and might have been suggested by chloral (n.).

gore

n.1

Old English gor "dirt, dung, filth, shit," a Germanic word (cf. Middle Dutch goor "filth, mud;" Old Norse gor "cud;" Old High German gor "animal dung"), of uncertain origin. Sense of "clotted blood" (especially shed in battle) developed by 1560s.

gore

v.

c.1400, from Scottish gorren "to pierce, stab," origin unknown, perhaps related to Old English gar "spear" (see gar, also gore (n.2) "triangular piece of ground"). Related: Gored; goring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

al in Medicine

Al

  1. The symbol for the elementaluminum

al-

pref.
  1. Variant ofad-

-al

suff.
  1. Aldehyde:butyral.

al in Science

Al

  1. The symbol for aluminum.