and

[ and; unstressed uh nd, uh n, or, esp. after a homorganic consonant, n ]
/ ænd; unstressed ənd, ən, or, esp. after a homorganic consonant, n /

conjunction

noun

an added condition, stipulation, detail, or particular: He accepted the job, no ands or buts about it.

Nearby words

  1. ancylostoma duodenale,
  2. ancylostomatic,
  3. ancylostomiasis,
  4. ancyra,
  5. ancyroid,
  6. and all,
  7. and circuit,
  8. and how!,
  9. and so forth,
  10. and the like

Idioms

    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

before 900; Middle English; Old English and, ond; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German ant, Old Frisian, Gothic and, Icelandic and-; akin to German und, Dutch en, Sanskrit anti

Can be confusedand and/or nor or (see usage note at the current entry) (see usage note at and/or)

Usage note

Both and and but, and to a lesser extent or and so, are common as transitional words at the beginnings of sentences in all types of speech and writing: General Jackson thought the attack would come after darkness. And he was right. Any objection to this practice probably stems from the overuse of such sentences by inexperienced writers. When one of these words begins a sentence or an independent clause within a sentence, it is not followed by a comma unless the comma is one of a pair setting off a parenthetical element that follows: John is popular, and he seems to be well adjusted. But, appearances to the contrary, he is often depressed. See also and/or, et cetera, try.

AND

[ and ]
/ ænd /

noun

a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when both operands are positive.
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British Dictionary definitions for and

and

/ (ænd, unstressed ənd, ən) /

conjunction (coordinating)

noun

(usually plural) an additional matter or problemifs, ands, or buts

Word Origin for and

Old English and; related to Old Frisian anda, Old Saxon ande, Old High German anti, Sanskrit atha

usage

The use of and instead of to after try and wait is typical of spoken language, but should be avoided in any writing which is not informal: We must try to prevent (not try and prevent) this happening

AND

abbreviation for

Andorra (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for and

and

conj.

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.

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