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Abbreviation

an

  1. The ISO 639-1 official language code of Aragonese

Synonyms

  • arg (ISO 639-3)

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English ān.

Article

an

  1. Indefinite article; used when the noun may refer to one of several possibilities. An egg could be any of several eggs, while the egg refers to a specific egg (already mentioned or known).
Usage notes
  • (indefinite article, preposition): The word an is used before vowel sounds, and a before consonant sounds:
a dog
an egg
an hour (the h is not pronounced)
a hog (the h is pronounced)
a yak (y is a consonant sound in this word)
a user (has /j/ as its initial sound, which is a consonant)
an umbrella (has /ʌ/ as its initial sound, which is a vowel)
a woman (/w/ is a consonant)
a one (has /w/ as its initial sound, which is a consonant)
an onion (has /ʌ/ as its initial sound, which is a vowel)
  • There is one occasional exception. The form an is sometimes used before h even when the h is pronounced, but usually only when the first syllable is not accented. The usual example is an historic occasion. Though current in some dialects that pronounce the h, this is considered by many to be affected, pedantic or obsolete.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English an

Conjunction

an

  1. (archaic) If, so long as.
    An it please you, my lord.
Translations

Etymology 3

From Georgian.

Noun

Singular
an

Plural
{{{1}}}

an ({{{1}}})
  1. The first letter of the Georgian alphabet, (mkhedruli), (asomtavruli) or (nuskhuri).

Etymology 4

From the Old English preposition an/on.

Preposition

an

  1. In each; to or for each; per.
    I was only going twenty miles an hour.
Usage notes
  • This is the same as the word a in such contexts, modified because of preceding an unpronounced h. The train was speeding along at a mile a minute.
Synonyms
Translations

References


Breton

Article

an

  1. the

See also


Crimean Tatar

Noun

an

  1. moment

Declension

References

  • Useinov & Mireev Dictionary, Simferopol, Dolya, 2002 [1]

French

Pronunciation

Noun

an m. (plural ans)

  1. A year.

Synonyms


German

Etymology

From Old High German ana.

Pronunciation

Preposition

an (with an accusative or dative case object)[[Category:Template:lang:de prepositions|an]]

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) on; upon; at; in; against
    Das Bild hängt an der Wand. — “The picture hangs on the wall.”
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) on; in
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) by; near; close to; next to
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) by means of; by
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) on; onto
    Ich hänge das Bild an die Wand. — “I hang the picture on the wall.”
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) at; against
    Schauen Sie an die Tafel. — “Look at the blackboard.”
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to; for

Usage notes

  • The preposition an is used with an object in the accusative case if it indicates movement from one place to another, whereas it is used with the dative case if it indicates a location.
  • When followed by the masculine or neuter definite article in the dative case (i.e. dem (the)), the two words contract to am (on the).

Adverb

an [[Category:Template:lang:de adverbs|an]]

  1. onward; on
    von heute an — “from today on”

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ənˠ]; between consonants [ə]

Article

an

  1. Form of the definite article.

Usage notes

Related terms

Particle

an (interrogative)

  1. Used to form direct and indirect questions; triggers eclipsis; takes the dependent form (when available) of irregular verbs.
    An bhfuil tú ag éisteacht? — Are you listening?
    Níl a fhios agam an bhfuil sé anseo — I don't know if/whether he is here

Japanese

Romaji

an (hiragana あん)

  1. : plan, scheme
  2. : bean paste

Latin

Etymology

The etymology of an is very obscure.

Conjunction

an (interrogative)[[Category:Template:lang:la conjunctions|an]]

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) can it be that
  2. whether
  3. or, either
    Vide utrum vis an...
    Consider whether you want to or...

Usage notes

  • Used with utrum (whether) in the construction utrum...an (whether...or):
    Nescio quid intersit, utrum nunc veniam, an ad decem annos.
    I know not what matter it is, whether I come now or after ten years.

Derived terms


Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

an

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, ān, án, ǎn, or àn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *ainaz, from Proto-Indo-European *óynos. Germanic cognates include Old Frisian ān, Old Saxon ēn (Dutch een), Old High German ein (German ein), Old Norse einn (Swedish en), Gothic 𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 (ains). The IE root is also the source of Latin unus, Ancient Greek οἶος (oios), Old Irish oen.

Pronunciation

Cardinal number

ān

  1. (cardinal) one

Usage notes

As in modern English, usage doubles as both a numeral and a pronoun.

Article

ān

  1. a, an (indefinite article)

Adjective

ān

  1. lone
  2. sole

Derived terms


Romanian

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ro:Template:lang:la derivations]] annus (year).

Pronunciation

Noun

an m. (plural ani)

  1. year

Declension


Derived terms


Scots

Conjunction

an

  1. and


Scottish Gaelic

Pronunciation

Article

an

  1. the
    e.g. an taigh - the house

Torres Strait Creole

Etymology

From English hand.

Noun

an

  1. hand, lower arm
  2. flipper

Turkish

Noun

an

  1. moment

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