Meaning of AN in English


an 1

/euhn/ ; when stressed /an/ , indefinite article.

the form of a before an initial vowel sound ( an arch; an honor ) and sometimes, esp. in British English, before an initial unstressed syllable beginning with a silent or weakly pronounced h : an historian.

[ bef. 950; ME; OE an ONE in a weakened sense ]

Usage . See a 1 .

an 2

/euhn/ ; when stressed /an/ , conj.

1. Pron. Spelling. and.

2. Archaic. if.

Also, an', 'n, 'n' .

[ 1125-75; ME, unstressed phonetic var. of AND ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .