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al

[ ahl ]
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Origin of al

From the Hindi word āl

Other definitions for al (2 of 15)

Al1
[ al ]
/ æl /

noun
a male given name: form of Albert, Alfred, Aloysius.

Other definitions for al (3 of 15)

Al2

Symbol, Chemistry.
aluminum.

Other definitions for al (4 of 15)

AL

abbreviation
Alabama (approved especially for use with zip code).

Other definitions for al (5 of 15)

à l'

form of à la used for either gender before a vowel or h.

Other definitions for al (6 of 15)

al-

variant of ad- before l: allure.

Other definitions for al (7 of 15)

Al-

a word in Arabic names meaning “family” or “the house of”: Al-Saud, or the members of the house of Saud.

Origin of Al-

From theArabic word āl family

Other definitions for al (8 of 15)

-al1

a suffix with the general sense “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of” that named by the stem, occurring in loanwords from Latin (autumnal; natural; pastoral), and productive in English on the Latin model, usually with bases of Latin origin (accidental; seasonal; tribal). Originally, -al1 was restricted to stems not containing an -l- (cf. -ar1); recent lapses in this rule have produced semantically distinct pairs, as familiar and familial.
Compare -ical, -ial.

Origin of -al

1
<Latin ālis, -āle; often replacing Middle English -el<Old French

Other definitions for al (9 of 15)

-al2

a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually verbs of French or Latin origin: denial; refusal.

Origin of -al

2
<Latin -āle (singular), -ālia (plural), nominalized neuter of -ālis-al1; often replacing Middle English -aille<Old French <Latin -ālia

Other definitions for al (10 of 15)

-al3

Chemistry. a suffix indicating that a compound contains an aldehyde group: chloral.

Origin of -al

3
Presumed to be short for aldehyde

Other definitions for al (11 of 15)

al.1

abbreviation
other things.

Origin of al.

1
From the Latin word alia

Other definitions for al (12 of 15)

al.2

abbreviation
other persons.

Origin of al.

2
From the Latin word aliī

Other definitions for al (13 of 15)

a.l.

abbreviation
autograph letter.

Other definitions for al (14 of 15)

AL.

abbreviation
Anglo-Latin.

Other definitions for al (15 of 15)

A.L.

abbreviation
Baseball. American League.
American Legion.
Anglo-Latin.
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How to use al in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for al (1 of 6)

al

the internet domain name for
Albania

British Dictionary definitions for al (2 of 6)

Al

the chemical symbol for
aluminium

British Dictionary definitions for al (3 of 6)

AL

abbreviation for
Alabama
Anglo-Latin
(in the US and Canada) American League (of baseball teams)
Albania (international car registration)

British Dictionary definitions for al (4 of 6)

-al1

suffix forming adjectives
of; related to; connected withfunctional; sectional; tonal

Word Origin for -al

from Latin -ālis

British Dictionary definitions for al (5 of 6)

-al2

suffix forming nouns
the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stemrebuttal; recital; renewal

Word Origin for -al

via Old French -aille, -ail, from Latin -ālia, neuter plural used as substantive, from -ālis -al 1

British Dictionary definitions for al (6 of 6)

-al3

suffix forming nouns
indicating an aldehydeethanal
indicating a pharmaceutical productphenobarbital

Word Origin for -al

shortened from aldehyde
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Medical definitions for al (1 of 3)

Al

The symbol for the elementaluminum

Medical definitions for al (2 of 3)

al-

pref.
Variant ofad-

Medical definitions for al (3 of 3)

-al

suff.
Aldehyde:butyral.
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Scientific definitions for al

Al

The symbol for aluminum.
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