- (used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses) along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides; also; moreover: pens and pencils.
- added to; plus: 2 and 2 are 4.
- then: He read for an hour and went to bed.
- also, at the same time: to sleep and dream.
- then again; repeatedly: He coughed and coughed.
- (used to imply different qualities in things having the same name): There are bargains and bargains, so watch out.
- (used to introduce a sentence, implying continuation) also; then: And then it happened.
- Informal. to (used between two finite verbs): Try and do it. Call and see if she's home yet.
- (used to introduce a consequence or conditional result): He felt sick and decided to lie down for a while. Say one more word about it and I'll scream.
- but; on the contrary: He tried to run five miles and couldn't. They said they were about to leave and then stayed for two more hours.
- (used to connect alternatives): He felt that he was being forced to choose between his career and his family.
- (used to introduce a comment on the preceding clause): They don't like each other—and with good reason.
- Archaic. if: and you please.Compare an2.
- an added condition, stipulation, detail, or particular: He accepted the job, no ands or buts about it.
- conjunction(def 5b).
- and so forth, and the like; and others; et cetera: We discussed traveling, sightseeing, and so forth.
- and so on, and more things or others of a similar kind; and the like: It was a summer filled with parties, picnics, and so on.
Origin of and
- a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when both operands are positive.
- along with; in addition toboys and girls
- as a consequencehe fell down and cut his knee
- afterwardswe pay the man and go through that door
- (preceded by good or nice) (intensifier)the sauce is good and thick
- plustwo and two equals four
- used to join identical words or phrases to give emphasis or indicate repetition or continuitybetter and better; we ran and ran; it rained and rained
- used to join two identical words or phrases to express a contrast between instances of what is namedthere are jobs and jobs
- informal used in place of to in infinitives after verbs such as try, go, and cometry and see it my way
- an obsolete word for if and it please you Informal spellings: an, an', 'n
- (usually plural) an additional matter or problemifs, ands, or buts
- Andorra (international car registration)
Word Origin and History for and
Old English and, ond, originally meaning "thereupon, next," from Proto-Germanic *unda (cf. Old Saxon endi, Old Frisian anda, Middle Dutch ende, Old High German enti, German und, Old Norse enn), from PIE *en; cognate with Latin ante, Greek anti (see ante). Phrase and how as an exclamation of emphatic agreement dates from early 1900s.