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[al-uh n] /ˈæl ən/
a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.”.


[uh-ley-nahy, uh-lah-nee] /əˈleɪ naɪ, əˈlɑ ni/
plural noun
a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
Also called Alans
[uh-leynz, uh-lahnz] /əˈleɪnz, əˈlɑnz/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Troth, Mr. Macgregor, it's not a name to be ashamed of," answered Alan.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • We had just about tautened the tow-line when Alan's voice rang out.

  • You see Phil is seventeen and Alan is five, and between them we eight come in; so we are "just like steps," as she says.

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  • With lips pressed together, and ears strained, Alan had heard every word.

  • The boy picked it up with such roughness that Alan flinched on behalf of his card.

Word Origin and History for Alan

masc. proper name, 1066, from Old Breton Alan, name of a popular Welsh and Breton saint; brought to England by the large contingent of Bretons who fought alongside William the Conqueror.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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