an

2
[ uh n; when stressed an ]
/ ən; when stressed æn /

conjunction

Pronunciation Spelling. and.
Archaic. if.

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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' (1 of 6)

An1
/ (ɑːn) /

noun

myth the Sumerian sky godBabylonian counterpart: Anu

British Dictionary definitions for an' (2 of 6)

An2

the chemical symbol for

actinon

British Dictionary definitions for an' (3 of 6)

AN

abbreviation for

Anglo-Norman

British Dictionary definitions for an' (4 of 6)

an1
/ (æn, unstressed ən) /

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 for an

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

British Dictionary definitions for an' (5 of 6)

an2

an'

/ (æn, unstressed ən) /

conjunction

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

British Dictionary definitions for an' (6 of 6)

an3

the internet domain name for

Netherlands Antilles
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