Origin of al
- Alabama (approved especially for use with zip code).
- variant of ad- before l: allure.
- a word in Arabic names meaning “family” or “the house of”: Al-Saud, or the members of the house of Saud.
Origin of Al-
- other things.
Origin of al.1
- other persons.
Origin of al.2
- autograph letter.
- 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.
Origin of -al1
- a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually verbs of French or Latin origin: denial; refusal.
Origin of -al2
- Chemistry. a suffix indicating that a compound contains an aldehyde group: chloral.
Origin of -al3
- Baseball. American League.
- American Legion.
- Albert Arnold, Jr.Al, born 1948, U.S. politician: vice president of the U.S. 1993–2001.
- Alfred A.Al, 1936–2007, U.S. track and field athlete: four-time Olympic discus champion.
- AlbertAl, born 1939, and his brother Robert (Bobby), born 1934, U.S. racing-car drivers.
Examples from the Web for al
The influential al Qaeda propagandist, who was born in New Mexico, died in a U.S. drone strike later that year.
The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.
Two witnesses outside the Charlie Hebdo office building quoted the Kouachi brothers claiming they were members of al Qaeda.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
There is a particular focus in the magazine on attacking the United States, which al Qaeda calls a top target.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
Al Qaeda has never managed to carve out a large chunk of real estate to call its own—in Afghanistan it was a guest of the Taliban.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
Ezry Winship al'ays has done for his own, an' he proposes to do, jes' as fur's he's able.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Al Mayne, please, sir," this in the humble tone of a stable-boy.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I al'ays did have a hankerin' that way, an' I don't mind tellin' ye.
No matter where I start, some way or another I al'ays git back to Solomon.
I've studied on it consid'able, an' I al'ays s'posed 'twas because she'd got him, an' that was all she cared for.Meadow Grass
- (in the US and Canada) American League (of baseball teams)
- Albania (international car registration)
- of; related to; connected withfunctional; sectional; tonal
- the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stemrebuttal; recital; renewal
- indicating an aldehydeethanal
- indicating a pharmaceutical productphenobarbital
- blood shed from a wound, esp when coagulated
- informal killing, fighting, etc
- (tr) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk
- a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
- a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
- (tr) to make into or with a gore or gores
- Al (bert) Jr. born 1948, US Democrat politician; vice president of the US (1993–2001); defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2000; leading environmental campaigner; shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change
Word Origin and History for al
suffix forming adjectives from nouns or other adjectives, "of, like, related to," Middle English -al, -el, from French or directly from Latin -alis (see -al (2)).
suffix forming nouns of action from verbs, mostly from Latin and French, meaning "act of ______ing" (e.g. survival, referral), Middle English -aille, from French feminine singular -aille, from Latin -alia, neuter plural of adjective suffix -alis, also used in English as a noun suffix. Nativized in English and used with Germanic verbs (e.g. bestowal, betrothal).
"triangular piece of ground," Old English gara, related to gar "spear" (see gar), on the notion of "triangularity." Hence also meanings "front of a skirt" (mid-13c.), and "triangular piece of cloth" (early 14c.).
Old English gor "dirt, dung, filth, shit," a Germanic word (cf. Middle Dutch goor "filth, mud;" Old Norse gor "cud;" Old High German gor "animal dung"), of uncertain origin. Sense of "clotted blood" (especially shed in battle) developed by 1560s.
- The symbol for the elementaluminum
- Variant ofad-
- The symbol for aluminum.