a male given name: form of , , .
variant of before l: allure.
a word in Arabic names meaning “family” or “the house of”:
Al-Saud, or the members of the house of Saud.
a suffix with the general sense “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of” that named by the stem, occurring in loanwords from Latin (autumnal; natural; pastoral), and productive in English on the Latin model, usually with bases of Latin origin (accidental; seasonal; tribal). Originally, -al1 was restricted to stems not containing an -l- (cf. 1. ); recent lapses in this rule have produced semantically distinct pairs, as familiar and familial.
a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually verbs of French or Latin origin:
denial; refusal.
Chemistry. a suffix indicating that a compound contains an aldehyde group:
Alabama (approved especially for use with zip code).
other things.
other persons.
Baseball. American League.
American Legion.
autograph letter.
Albert Arnold, Jr (“Al”) born 1948, U.S. politician: vice president of the U.S. 1993–2001.
Alfred A (“Al”) 1936–2007, U.S. track and field athlete: four-time Olympic discus champion.
Albert (“Al”) born 1939, and his brother Robert, (Bobby), born 1934, U.S. racing-car drivers.
Contemporary Examples

To put their brutality and unpopularity in perspective, even al Qaeda has begun to distance themselves publicly from these groups.
A New Start To U.S. Policy In Syria Can Save Lives Tom Perriello February 16, 2014

Yet it is also a challenge and opportunity for the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Obama’s Afghan Test Bruce Riedel August 17, 2009

The Special Ops community is stunned by No Easy Day, an unauthorized account of the al Qaeda takedown by one of their own.
Will ‘No Easy Day’ Book on Bin Laden Raid Break SEALs Code of Silence? Eli Lake August 23, 2012

al Gore may have beaten George W. Bush on points in their first debate in 2000, but he audibly sighed.
Don’t Let Gingrich Be Gingrich David Frum January 23, 2012

Hamas spokesmen stand by the hospital gates and denounce the attack on al Shejaiya as a massacre and vow to fight on.
Palestinians Fleeing Israeli Bombardment in Gaza Have ‘Nowhere Left to Run’ Jesse Rosenfeld July 19, 2014

Historical Examples

al’s anger and contempt were so great that he had lost all sense of discretion.
With Sully into the Sioux Land Joseph Mills Hanson

Ezry Winship al’ays has done for his own, an’ he proposes to do, jes’ as fur’s he’s able.
The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark

al llegar la plaza de ste nombre se detuvo un momento, y volvi pasear la mirada su alrededor.
Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

“al Mayne, please, sir,” this in the humble tone of a stable-boy.
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser

She could not believe that fate would permit al Woodruff to carry out such a plan.
The Quirt B.M. Bower

Chemical symbol
(in the US and Canada) American League (of baseball teams)
Albania (international car registration)
of; related to; connected with: functional, sectional, tonal
the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stem: rebuttal, recital, renewal
indicating an aldehyde: ethanal
indicating a pharmaceutical product: phenobarbital
blood shed from a wound, esp when coagulated
(informal) killing, fighting, etc
(transitive) (of an animal, such as a bull) to pierce or stab (a person or another animal) with a horn or tusk
a tapering or triangular piece of material used in making a shaped skirt, umbrella, etc
a similarly shaped piece, esp of land
(transitive) to make into or with a gore or gores
Al(bert) Jr. born 1948, US Democrat politician; vice president of the US (1993–2001); defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2000; leading environmental campaigner; shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel For Climate Change

suffix forming adjectives from nouns or other adjectives, “of, like, related to,” Middle English -al, -el, from French or directly from Latin -alis (see -al (2)).

suffix forming nouns of action from verbs, mostly from Latin and French, meaning “act of ______ing” (e.g. survival, referral), Middle English -aille, from French feminine singular -aille, from Latin -alia, neuter plural of adjective suffix -alis, also used in English as a noun suffix. Nativized in English and used with Germanic verbs (e.g. bestowal, betrothal).

word-forming element in chemistry to indicate “presence of an aldehyde group” (from aldehyde). The suffix also is commonly used in forming the names of drugs, often narcotics (e.g. barbital), a tendency that apparently began in German and might have been suggested by chloral (n.).

Old English gor “dirt, dung, filth, shit,” a Germanic word (cf. Middle Dutch goor “filth, mud;” Old Norse gor “cud;” Old High German gor “animal dung”), of uncertain origin. Sense of “clotted blood” (especially shed in battle) developed by 1560s.

“triangular piece of ground,” Old English gara, related to gar “spear” (see gar), on the notion of “triangularity.” Hence also meanings “front of a skirt” (mid-13c.), and “triangular piece of cloth” (early 14c.).

c.1400, from Scottish gorren “to pierce, stab,” origin unknown, perhaps related to Old English gar “spear” (see gar, also gore (n.2) “triangular piece of ground”). Related: Gored; goring.

The symbol for the element aluminum.

al- pref.
Variant of ad-.

-al 3
Aldehyde: butyral.
The symbol for aluminum.


The shoe width A (Shoeshop)

1. Assembly Language.
2. artificial life.

The country code for Albania.
Albania (international vehicle ID)
American League
American Legion
artificial life
autograph letter

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