or AE, A.E.
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Word Origin for ae
symbol ultimately from Latin and used by scribes writing Old English for a vowel sound between "a" and "e;" generally replaced by -a- after the Conquest. The Latin symbol represented Greek -ai-, and when Latinate words flooded into English in the 16c., it reappeared with them, but only as an etymological device, and it was pronounced simply "e" and eventually reduced to that letter in writing (e.g. eon) in most cases except proper names: Cæsar, Æneas, Æsculapius, Æsop.
masc. proper name, from Old French rous-el, diminutive of rous "red," used as a personal name. See russet.
see æ. As a word, it can represent Old English æ "law," especially law of nature or God's law; hence "legal custom, marriage."