- in regard to; about; concerning.
- British. beside; in line with.
Origin of anent
Examples from the Web for anent
Gleason once discovered, anent the club-room, that she had a temper.Marion's Faith.
Anent the Irish bull, we may quote an Irishman's answer when asked to define a bull.Jokes For All Occasions
I wad be blithe to hear what ye had to say anent it—gin it was ay, ye ken.'Robert Falconer
Anent the church at Hyssington there is a curious tradition.Nooks and Corners of Shropshire
H. Thornhill Timmins
What were you saying, Jamie, anent an outcast wi your uncle?The Entail
- lying against; alongside
- concerning; about
Word Origin and History for anent
"concerning, about," early 13c., onont "on level with," also "in the company of, fronting against," from Old English on efn "near to, close by," originally "on even (ground) with;" the parasitic -t added 12c. A northern form (in Midlands, anenst, with adverbial genitive), affected by English writers in Scottish sense of "in respect or reference to." Cf. German neben "near to, by the side of," short for in eben, from Old High German ebani "equality."