Pronunciation Article
  1. Form of a#Article (all article senses).
    1. Used before a vowel sound.
    2. (now quite rare) Used before /h/ in an unstressed syllable.
    3. (nonstandard) Used before /h/ in a stressed syllable.
    4. (obsolete) Used before one and words with initial u, eu.
    5. (nonstandard, British, West Country) Used before all consonants.
  1. (nonstandard, British, West Country) cln goh one
  1. (archaic) If
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act I Scene 2:
      […] An the worst fall that ever fell, I hope I shall make shift to go without him.
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      Thereupon, quoth he, "O woman, for sundry days I have seen thee attend the levée sans a word said; so tell me an thou have any requirement I may grant."
  2. (archaic) So long as.
    An it harm none, do what ye will.
  3. (archaic) As if; as though.
    • 1797, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (original version), 61-64:
      quote en
  • German: so
  • Italian: se

an (plural ans)

  1. The first letter of the Georgian alphabet, ა (Mkhedruli), Ⴀ (Asomtavruli) or ⴀ (Nuskhuri).
  1. In each; to or for each; per.
    I was only going twenty miles an hour.
Synonyms Translations

an (uncountable)

  1. (military, US) A set of sizes for screw threads agreed upon and jointly used by the United States Army and Navy.

Proper noun
  1. Alternative form of Anu

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