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Alan

[al-uh n]
noun
  1. a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.”
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Alani

[uh-ley-nahy, uh-lah-nee]
plural noun
  1. a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
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Also called A·lans [uh-leynz, uh-lahnz] /əˈleɪnz, əˈlɑnz/.
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Contemporary Examples of alan

Historical Examples of alan

  • "It's George Mortimer—he's in our bank," Alan confided to his sister, as they moved away.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • There had been great unison in the Porter household over the placing of Alan.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • "Yes, John was very good about Alan's future," the mother concurred.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • Alan would none of it; he was off to his woodchuck or groundhog.

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    W. A. Fraser

  • But how's Alan goin' to turn the trick in a big field of rough ridin' b'ys?

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    W. A. Fraser


Word Origin and History for alan

Alan

masc. proper name, 1066, from Old Breton Alan, name of a popular Welsh and Breton saint; brought to England by the large contingent of Bretons who fought alongside William the Conqueror.

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