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altern

[awl-tern, al-] /ˈɔl tərn, ˈæl-/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
alternate; following one another.
Origin of altern
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin altern(us) interchangeable, alternating, equivalent to alter the other (see alter) + -nus adj. suffix
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  • And the Duke of altern rubbed his weak eyes and tried hard to think.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Tell me, dear, when shall we be able to call you the Duchess of altern?

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • That ecstatically happy woman, with Carmen and the obsequious young Duke of altern, appeared behind him in the flood of light.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The Duke of altern, costumed as a long carrot, fawned in her wake throughout the evening.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • I love the real you; not the vain, foolish, self-adoring 150 human concept, called the Duke of altern.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking

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