an

2
[uh n; when stressed an]

conjunction

Pronunciation Spelling. and.
Archaic. if.

Nearby words

  1. amytal,
  2. amythaon,
  3. amyxia,
  4. amyxorrhea,
  5. amūn,
  6. an apple a day,
  7. an apple a day keeps the doctor away,
  8. an arm and a leg,
  9. an army marches on its stomach,
  10. an eye for an eye

Also an', 'n, 'n'.

Origin of an

2
1125–75; Middle English, unstressed phonetic variant of and

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British Dictionary definitions for an'

An

1

noun

myth the Sumerian sky godBabylonian counterpart: Anu

An

2

the chemical symbol for

actinon

AN

abbreviation for

Anglo-Norman

an

1

determiner

a form of the indefinite article used before an initial vowel soundan old car; an elf; an honour

Word Origin for an

Old English ān one

usage

An was formerly often used before words that begin with h and are unstressed on the first syllable: an hotel; an historic meeting . Sometimes the initial h was not pronounced. This usage is now becoming obsolete

an

2

an'

conjunction

(subordinating) an obsolete or dialect word for if See and (def. 9)

an

3

the internet domain name for

Netherlands Antilles
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Word Origin and History for an'

an

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