[awl-tern, al-]

adjective Archaic.

alternate; following one another.

Nearby words

  1. alterative,
  2. altercate,
  3. altercation,
  4. altered chord,
  5. altered state of consciousness,
  6. alternans,
  7. alternant,
  8. alternate,
  9. alternate angles,
  10. alternate binaural loudness balance test

Origin of altern

1635–45; < Latin altern(us) interchangeable, alternating, equivalent to alter the other (see alter) + -nus adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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