al

[ ahl ]
/ ɑl /

noun

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Question 1 of 10
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Origin of al

From the Hindi word āl

Definition for al (2 of 15)

Al1
[ al ]
/ æl /

noun

a male given name: form of Albert, Alfred, Aloysius.

Definition for al (3 of 15)

Al2

Symbol, Chemistry.

aluminum.

Definition for al (4 of 15)

AL

abbreviation

Alabama (approved especially for use with zip code).

Definition for al (5 of 15)

à l'

form of à la used for either gender before a vowel or h.

Definition for al (6 of 15)

al-

variant of ad- before l: allure.

Definition for al (7 of 15)

Al-

a word in Arabic names meaning “family” or “the house of”: Al-Saud, or the members of the house of Saud.

Origin of Al-

From the Arabic word āl family

Definition for al (8 of 15)

-al1

a suffix with the general sense “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of” that named by the stem, occurring in loanwords from Latin (autumnal; natural; pastoral), and productive in English on the Latin model, usually with bases of Latin origin (accidental; seasonal; tribal). Originally, -al1 was restricted to stems not containing an -l- (cf. -ar1); recent lapses in this rule have produced semantically distinct pairs, as familiar and familial.
Compare -ical, -ial.

Origin of -al

1
<Latin ālis, -āle; often replacing Middle English -el<Old French

Definition for al (9 of 15)

-al2

a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually verbs of French or Latin origin: denial; refusal.

Origin of -al

2
<Latin -āle (singular), -ālia (plural), nominalized neuter of -ālis-al1; often replacing Middle English -aille<Old French <Latin -ālia

Definition for al (10 of 15)

-al3

Chemistry. a suffix indicating that a compound contains an aldehyde group: chloral.

Origin of -al

3
Presumed to be short for aldehyde

Definition for al (11 of 15)

al.1

abbreviation

other things.

Origin of al.

1
From the Latin word alia

Definition for al (12 of 15)

al.2

abbreviation

other persons.

Origin of al.

2
From the Latin word aliī

Definition for al (13 of 15)

a.l.

abbreviation

autograph letter.

Definition for al (14 of 15)

AL.

abbreviation

Anglo-Latin.

Definition for al (15 of 15)

A.L.

abbreviation

Baseball. American League.
American Legion.
Anglo-Latin.
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British Dictionary definitions for al (1 of 6)

al

the internet domain name for

Albania

British Dictionary definitions for al (2 of 6)

Al

the chemical symbol for

aluminium

British Dictionary definitions for al (3 of 6)

AL

abbreviation for

Alabama
Anglo-Latin
(in the US and Canada) American League (of baseball teams)
Albania (international car registration)

British Dictionary definitions for al (4 of 6)

-al1

suffix forming adjectives

of; related to; connected withfunctional; sectional; tonal

Word Origin for -al

from Latin -ālis

British Dictionary definitions for al (5 of 6)

-al2

suffix forming nouns

the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stemrebuttal; recital; renewal

Word Origin for -al

via Old French -aille, -ail, from Latin -ālia, neuter plural used as substantive, from -ālis -al 1

British Dictionary definitions for al (6 of 6)

-al3

suffix forming nouns

indicating an aldehydeethanal
indicating a pharmaceutical productphenobarbital

Word Origin for -al

shortened from aldehyde
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Medical definitions for al (1 of 3)

Al

The symbol for the elementaluminum

Medical definitions for al (2 of 3)

al-

pref.

Variant ofad-

Medical definitions for al (3 of 3)

-al

suff.

Aldehyde:butyral.
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Scientific definitions for al

Al

The symbol for aluminum.
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