[ and; unstressed uhnd, uhn, or, especially after a homorganic consonant, n ]
/ ænd; unstressed ənd, ən, or, especially after a homorganic consonant, n /
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an added condition, stipulation, detail, or particular: He accepted the job, no ands or buts about it.
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Idioms about and

    and so forth, and the like; and others; et cetera: We discussed traveling, sightseeing, and so forth.
    and so on, and more things or others of a similar kind; and the like: It was a summer filled with parties, picnics, and so on.

Origin of and

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English and, ond; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German ant, Old Frisian, Gothic and, Icelandic and-; akin to German und, Dutch en, Sanskrit anti

usage note for and

Both and and but, and to a lesser extent or and so, are common as transitional words at the beginnings of sentences in all types of speech and writing: General Jackson thought the attack would come after darkness. And he was right. Any objection to this practice probably stems from the overuse of such sentences by inexperienced writers. When one of these words begins a sentence or an independent clause within a sentence, it is not followed by a comma unless the comma is one of a pair setting off a parenthetical element that follows: John is popular, and he seems to be well adjusted. But, appearances to the contrary, he is often depressed. See also and/or, et cetera, try.

Other definitions for and (2 of 2)

[ and ]
/ ænd /

noun Computers.
a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when both operands are positive.

Origin of AND

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for and (1 of 3)

/ (ænd, unstressed ənd, ən) /

conjunction (coordinating)
(usually plural) an additional matter or problemifs, ands, or buts

Word Origin for and

Old English and; related to Old Frisian anda, Old Saxon ande, Old High German anti, Sanskrit atha

usage for and

The use of and instead of to after try and wait is typical of spoken language, but should be avoided in any writing which is not informal: We must try to prevent (not try and prevent) this happening

British Dictionary definitions for and (2 of 3)


abbreviation for
Andorra (international car registration)

British Dictionary definitions for and (3 of 3)



suffix forming nouns
indicating a person or thing that is to be dealt with in a specified wayanalysand; dividend; multiplicand

Word Origin for -and

from Latin gerundives ending in -andus, -endus
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