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adverb, preposition
(Scot) beyond
Word Origin
a, from Old English an on + yontyon
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  • ayont the hoose there,” replied Peter, who was crouching behind a tree-stump.

    Hunted and Harried R.M. Ballantyne
  • In front of a tavern, ayont yonder, a horse was whinneying as I came up.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Enter a well-filled car in "the wee small hours ayont the twal."

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches

    Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
  • But 'the wee small hour ayont the twal' found him still searching, and still unsuccessful.

  • Yir mother's bearin' her sorrow all alane in Ettrick and her laddie'll bear it ayont the ocean.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • Geordie, yons our ain Barny, I ken by auld Helps motions; but wha she is that hes bringing wi him, is ayont my comprehension.

  • She followed the steps of the night, on its pathway of stars, far into the "wee sma' hours ayont the twal'."

    Shirley Charlotte Bront

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