- a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.”
- a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
Examples from the Web for alan
Alan Gross was in a cheery mood, having survived a grim five-year stint in a Cuban prison.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor
December 18, 2014
You have to admire his convictions; most frustrated auteurs in this town just call such things “an Alan Smithee project.”Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
Alan just happened to be in New York auditioning people, and I got in the room to audition for the first time.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson-- the Simpson half of Simpson-Mazzoli-- blames the Right along with the Left.The Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration
November 25, 2014
“NATO bullied us in Georgia and now they are doing the same again here, and we have to stop them,” says Alan.East Ukraine: Back in the USSR
November 19, 2014
There had been great unison in the Porter household over the placing of Alan.
"It's George Mortimer—he's in our bank," Alan confided to his sister, as they moved away.
Alan would none of it; he was off to his woodchuck or groundhog.
"Yes, John was very good about Alan's future," the mother concurred.
You can trust this boy, father, as you might your own son, Alan.
Word Origin and History for alan
masc. proper name, 1066, from Old Breton Alan, name of a popular Welsh and Breton saint; brought to England by the large contingent of Bretons who fought alongside William the Conqueror.