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  1. American Name Society.
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An

[ahn]
noun
  1. the Sumerian god of heaven: the counterpart of the Akkadian Anu.
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ans.

  1. answer.
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An1

noun
  1. myth the Sumerian sky godBabylonian counterpart: Anu
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An2

the chemical symbol for
  1. actinon
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AN

abbreviation for
  1. Anglo-Norman
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an1

determiner
  1. a form of the indefinite article used before an initial vowel soundan old car; an elf; an honour
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Word Origin

Old English ān one

usage

An was formerly often used before words that begin with h and are unstressed on the first syllable: an hotel; an historic meeting . Sometimes the initial h was not pronounced. This usage is now becoming obsolete

an2

an'

conjunction
  1. (subordinating) an obsolete or dialect word for if See and (def. 9)
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an3

the internet domain name for
  1. Netherlands Antilles
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Word Origin and History for ans

an

indefinite article before words beginning with vowels, 12c., from Old English an (with a long vowel) "one; lone," also used as a prefix an- "single, lone;" see one for the divergence of that word from this. Also see a, of which this is the older, fuller form.

In other European languages, identity between indefinite article and the word for "one" remains explicit (e.g. French un, German ein, etc.) Old English got by without indefinite articles: He was a good man in Old English was he wæs god man. Circa 15c., a and an commonly were written as one word with the following noun, which contributed to the confusion over how such words as newt and umpire ought to be divided (see N).

In Shakespeare, etc., an sometimes is a contraction of as if (a usage first attested c.1300), especially before it.

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