Definitions

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

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  • prefix Variant of ad- used before the letter L.
  • prefix no longer productive Alternative form of all-.

Etymologies

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From Latin al-, variant of ad- used with words starting with L.

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From Middle English al-, from Old English eal-, eall- ("all-"). More at all.

Examples

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Without its al-, the noun is, by default, indefinite.

    The English Is Coming!

  • 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.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Instead, to convey the idea of the, Arabic puts al- immediately before the word.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Without its al-, the noun is, by default, indefinite.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Instead, to convey the idea of the, Arabic puts al- immediately before the word.

    The English Is Coming!

  • True love has gone : Serbian President Boris Tadic visited Muammar al- Gaddafi twice in 2009.

    Sasa Milosevic: Rebel Flag Flying in Belgrade and Sarajevo

  • No wonder the American-born Anwar al- Awlaki headed to Yemen to recruit.

    The Stability Dilemma

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