from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Variant of ad-.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Alternative form of all-.
  • Variant of ad- used before the letter L.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • All; wholly; completely.
  • To; at; on; -- in OF. shortened to a-. See ad-.
  • The Arabic definite article answering to the English the


From Middle English al-, from Old English eal-, eall- ("all-"). More at all. (Wiktionary)
From Latin al-, variant of ad- used with words starting with L. (Wiktionary)



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