- the letter N, n.
- Also called nut. Printing. half of the width of an em.
- Printing. having the area of an en quad or the length of an en: en quad; en dash.
Origin of en
- a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from French and productive in English on this model, forming verbs with the general sense “to cause (a person or thing) to be in” the place, condition, or state named by the stem; more specifically, “to confine in or place on” (enshrine; enthrone; entomb); “to cause to be in” (enslave; entrust; enrich; encourage; endear); “to restrict” in the manner named by the stem, typically with the additional sense “on all sides, completely” (enwind; encircle; enclose; entwine). This prefix is also attached to verbs in order to make them transitive, or to give them a transitive marker if they are already transitive (enkindle; enliven; enshield; enface).
Origin of en-1
- a prefix meaning “within, in,” occurring in loanwords from Greek: energy; enthusiasm.
Origin of en-2
- a suffix formerly used to form transitive and intransitive verbs from adjectives (fasten; harden; sweeten), or from nouns (heighten; lengthen; strengthen).
Origin of -en1
- a suffix used to form adjectives of source or material from nouns: ashen; golden; oaken.
Origin of -en2
- a suffix used to mark the past participle in many strong and some weak verbs: taken; proven.
Origin of -en3
- a suffix used in forming the plural of some nouns: brethren; children; oxen.
Origin of -en4
- a diminutive suffix: kitten; maiden.
Origin of -en5
Examples from the Web for en
The Internet cool kids are, of course, rallying against Swift en masse.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
En route to California, he reportedly tossed his works of Lenin overboard, to avoid trouble from the U.S. authorities.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
But Paris was no longer the only guide post for what was en vogue.How World Wars Made Females More Androgynous
July 22, 2014
This video purportedly shows a Russian military convoy in Rostov en route to the southeast region of Ukraine.Putin Is Just Getting Started in Ukraine
June 19, 2014
Solo acts like Lisa Stansfield or groups like En Vogue and Xscape could sang.Mariah Carey Is the Last of the Traditional Divas
May 29, 2014
Mars Tom, he could a got de cow fer fifteen, en I tole him so.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I dodge discrimination, and characterize them en masse by negations.
I hae dune my best wi' ye, and the en' o' 't is, 'at ye're no worth naething!'Heather and Snow
Calling at Trincomalee en route, the 'Sunbeam' next proceeded to Burmah.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
It is now past six; in less than ten minutes you can be en route.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
- printing a unit of measurement, half the width of an emAlso called: nut See also ennage
- enrolled nurse
- English Nature
- cause to be; become; cause to haveblacken; heighten
- of; made of; resemblingashen; earthen; wooden
- (from nouns)
- put in or onentomb; enthrone
- go on or intoenplane
- surround or cover withenmesh
- furnish withempower
- (from adjectives and nouns) cause to be in a certain conditionenable; encourage; enrich; enslave
- in; into; insideendemic
Word Origin and History for en
word-forming element making verbs (e.g. darken, weaken) from adjectives or from nouns, from Old English -nian, from Proto-Germanic *-inojan (cf. Old Norse -na), from PIE adjectival suffix *-no-. Most active in Middle English.
suffix added to nouns to produce adjectives meaning "made of, of the nature of" (e.g. golden, oaken), corresponding to Latin -ine. Common in Old and Middle English, surviving words with it now are largely discarded in everyday use and the simple form of the noun serves as an adjective as well.
assimilated to -p-, -b-, -m-, -l-, -r-, word-forming element meaning "in, into," from French and Old French en-, from Latin in- "in, into" (see in- (2)).
Also used with native elements to form verbs from nouns and adjectives, "put in or on" (encircle), also "cause to be, make" (endear), and used as an intensive (enclose). Spelling variants in French that were brought over into Middle English account for parallels such as assure/ensure/insure.
- In; into; within:enzootic.