in regard to; about; concerning.
British. beside; in line with.

Origin of anent

before 900; Middle English variant (with excrescent -t; see ancient1) of anen, Old English on emn, on efen on even1 (ground), with, beside Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anent

Historical Examples of anent

  • Gleason once discovered, anent the club-room, that she had a temper.

    Marion's Faith.

    Charles King

  • Anent the Irish bull, we may quote an Irishman's answer when asked to define a bull.

  • I wad be blithe to hear what ye had to say anent it—gin it was ay, ye ken.'

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • Anent the church at Hyssington there is a curious tradition.

  • What were you saying, Jamie, anent an outcast wi your uncle?

    The Entail

    John Galt

British Dictionary definitions for anent


preposition Scot

lying against; alongside
concerning; about

Word Origin for anent

Old English on efen, literally: on even (ground)
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Word Origin and History for anent

"concerning, about," early 13c., onont "on level with," also "in the company of, fronting against," from Old English on efn "near to, close by," originally "on even (ground) with;" the parasitic -t added 12c. A northern form (in Midlands, anenst, with adverbial genitive), affected by English writers in Scottish sense of "in respect or reference to." Cf. German neben "near to, by the side of," short for in eben, from Old High German ebani "equality."

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