American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Variant of ad-.
GNU Webster's 1913
- From Latin al-, variant of ad- used with words starting with L. (Wiktionary)
“Instead, to convey the idea of the, Arabic puts al- immediately before the word.”
“So while the al- approach to nouns in Arabic strikes us as unwieldy for Global English, it could be used in specific regions, or in discussions with those regions.”
“Without its al-, the noun is, by default, indefinite.”
“But in Arabic, this set of relationships remains murky unless we put an al- not only in front of fortress, but also in front of all the words that describe it, those we want to include in the idea of this fortress.”
“True love has gone : Serbian President Boris Tadic visited Muammar al- Gaddafi twice in 2009.”
“No wonder the American-born Anwar al- Awlaki headed to Yemen to recruit.”
“Abdel Baset al- Megrahi was convicted by a special Scottish court of participating in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.”
“President Bashar al- Assad is not indispensable and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said following a meeting with her European Union counterpart, Catherine Ashton, in Washington.”
“Help from America can be misunderstood," said Tarek el-Malt, a spokesman for the al- Wasat political party, which has no real headquarters, no way to reach voters and no plans to ask for U.S. assistance.”
“Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has sent urgent messages to world leaders Saturday, claiming that his country is fighting al- Qaida and that the United Nations resolution on Libya was invalid.”
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