Definitions

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  • proper n. A male given name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of -an, being -an preceded by an original or euphonic vowel i-. See -an.

Etymologies

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An anglicisation of Eóin, the Gaelic equivalent of the name John. The name originated in Ireland, and was taken from there to Scotland, where the modern form Iain co-exists with it. In Ireland it was largely supplanted by the later forms Seaan, Seón, and Seóan, of which the modern form is Seán (anglicised as Sean).

Examples

  • THE SHADOWS WHICH FIRE THROWS I ABANDONED IAN AND ROLLO to the juggernaut of Mrs. Bug's benevolence-let Ian try telling her he didn't want bread and milk-and sat down to my own belated supper: a hot, fresh omelette, featuring not only cheese, but bits of salty bacon, asparagus, and wild mushroom, flavored with spring onions.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • He was down on first street, and I was with Pat who was eating a piece of pizza in that outfit I described above (oh! and cowboy boots, too) and I was like "ian, this is my boyfriend Pat ..." and Ian was just like "oh ... hi" looking him up and down because he didn't know/realize it was Moustache Rock.

    withkerth Diary Entry

  • ACOSTA: Now New York state lawmakers want to pass what they call Ian's law.

    CNN Transcript Nov 6, 2009

  • ACOSTA: Now, New York state lawmakers want to pass what they call Ian's law.

    CNN Transcript Nov 6, 2009

  • ACOSTA: Now, New York state lawmakers want to pass what they call Ian's Law, legislation aimed at preventing insurers from dropping entire groups of policies in the hopes of driving off high-cost customers.

    CNN Transcript Nov 6, 2009

  • Ian is a unique hero and his brothers are v-e-r-y interesting (. .rough, dominant and very protective ..).

    Friday Book Club

  • Ian is such an intriguing character, and watching his and Beth's relationship grow had me glued to the page.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • But I fully believe in Ian's HEA, and I hope you all do too!

    Friday Book Club: Guest Author - Jennifer Ashley: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Just about everything in Ian McDonald's Cyberabad Days was also memorable.

    MIND MELD: The Best Genre-Related Books/Films/Shows Consumed in 2009 (Part 1)

  • The wonderful narrative voice of Christopher Barzak's novels surprised me; the vivid portrait of tomorrow in Ian R. MacLeod's Song of Time surprised me; the descriptions of the Jupiter system as if from direct first-hand experience in Paul McAuley's The Quiet War surprised me.

    MIND MELD: What Was the Last SF/F Book That Surprised You?

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