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an2

[uh n; when stressed an] /ən; when stressed æn/
conjunction
1.
Pronunciation Spelling. and.
2.
Archaic. if.
Also, an', 'n, 'n'.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English, unstressed phonetic variant of and
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British Dictionary definitions for an'

an2

/æn; unstressed ən/
conjunction
1.
(subordinating) an obsolete or dialect word for if See and (sense 9)

an1

/æn; unstressed ən/
determiner
1.
a form of the indefinite article used before an initial vowel sound: an old car, an elf, an honour
Usage note
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
Word Origin
Old English ānone

an3

abbreviation
1.
Netherlands Antilles

An1

/ɑːn/
noun
1.
(myth) the Sumerian sky god Babylonian counterpart Anu

An2

Chemical symbol
1.
actinon

AN

abbreviation
1.
Anglo-Norman
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Word Origin and History for an'

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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Related Abbreviations for an'

AN

  1. airman, Navy
  2. Anglo-Norman
  3. Associate in Nursing
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