• (stressed) enPR thăn, IPA: /ðæn/, /ðɛn/
  • (unstressed) enPR: thən, IPA: /ðən/, /ðn̩/
  1. (obsolete, outside, dialects, usually used with for) Because; for.
    • 1854, Reformation series:
      If thou say yes, then puttest thou on Christ (that is, the wisdome of God, the Father) unkunning, unpower, or euil will: for than he could not make his rule so good as an other did his.
  2. Used in comparisons, to introduce the basis of comparison.
    • 1665, Stillingfleet, Laud, Carwell, A rational account of the grounds of Protestant religion:
      Answer me if you can, any other way, than because the Scriptures, which are infallible, Say so.
    she's taller than I am;  she found his advice more witty than helpful;  we have less work today than we had yesterday;  We had no choice than to return home
  1. introduces a comparison, and is associated with comparatives, and with words such as more, less, and fewer. Typically, it seeks to measure the force of an adjective or similar description between two predicates.
    Patients diagnosed more recently are probably surviving an average of longer than two years.
  • French: que
  • German: als
  • Italian: di, che
  • Portuguese: que, do que
  • Russian: чем
  • Spanish: que

than (not comparable)

  1. (now, chiefly, dialectal or a misspelling) At that time; then.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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