an-

1

a prefix occurring before stems beginning with a vowel or h in loanwords from Greek, where it means “not,” “without,” “lacking” (anarchy; anecdote); used in the formation of compound words: anelectric.

Nearby words

  1. an najaf,
  2. an nhon,
  3. an ounce of prevention,
  4. an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,
  5. an't,
  6. an-najaf,
  7. an.,
  8. ana,
  9. ana-,
  10. anabaena

Also before a consonant, a-.

Origin of an-

1
< Greek. See a-6, in-3, un-1

an-

2

variant of ad- before n: announce.

an-

3

variant of ana- before a vowel: anion.
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British Dictionary definitions for an-

an-

before a consonant a-

prefix

not; withoutanaphrodisiac

Word Origin for an-

from Greek

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Word Origin and History for an-
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Medicine definitions for an-

an-

pref.

Variant ofa-

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