a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.” Unabridged


[uh-ley-nahy, uh-lah-nee]
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] . Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

masc. proper name, 1066, from O.Bret. 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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Example sentences for alan
Carl reiner makes his first appearance as alan brady in this episode.
Oneact plays there are seven oneact plays written by alan ayckbourn.
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