altern

[awl-tern, al-]

Origin of altern

1635–45; < Latin altern(us) interchangeable, alternating, equivalent to alter the other (see alter) + -nus adj. suffix
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Historical Examples of altern

  • And the Duke of Altern rubbed his weak eyes and tried hard to think.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • Tell me, dear, when shall we be able to call you the Duchess of Altern?

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • That ecstatically happy woman, with Carmen and the obsequious young Duke of Altern, appeared behind him in the flood of light.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • The Duke of Altern, costumed as a long carrot, fawned in her wake throughout the evening.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • I love the real you; not the vain, foolish, self-adoring 150 human concept, called the Duke of Altern.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking