[ eyn ]

adjective, noun, pronounChiefly Scot.
  1. one.

Origin of ane

1350–1400; Middle English (North) an, variant of onone

Other definitions for -ane (2 of 2)


  1. a suffix used in names of hydrocarbons of the methane or paraffin series: propane.

Origin of -ane

From the Latin suffix -ānus-an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ane in a sentence

  • Think on him but as ane wha was running post to the devil, and got a shouldering from your lordship to help him on his journey.

    The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
  • Among the Aryan nations an meant mind, and this term is clearly responsible for inane or without ane.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • If it was the ane ye mean, it a' gaed to bits, an' I think they burned it.

    A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
  • It was on ane o' thae nights 'at a mason fell off the rafters an' broke his leg.

    A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
  • I wouldna wonder but what it was some laddies 'at set them at ane another.'

    A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie

British Dictionary definitions for ane (1 of 2)


/ (eɪn) /

determiner, pronoun, noun
  1. a Scottish word for one

British Dictionary definitions for -ane (2 of 2)


suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating an alkane hydrocarbon: hexane

Origin of -ane

coined to replace -ene, -ine, and -one

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for -ane


  1. A suffix used to form the names of saturated hydrocarbons, such as ethane. The suffix is shortened to -an- before other suffixes to indicate compounds derived from saturated hydrocarbons, as in ethanol.

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