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al  (äl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant BiologySee  Indian mulberry. 
  • Hindi āl

Al  (al),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Chemistrya male given name: form of  Albert, Alfred, Aloysius. 

à l', 
  • form of  à la used for either gender before a vowel or h.

  • al-, 
  • var. of  ad- before l: allure.

  • Al-, 
  • a word in Arabic names meaning "family'' or "the house of '':Al-Saud, or the members of the house of Saud.
    • Arabic āl family

    -al1 : 
  • 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.-ar1 );
    recent lapses in this rule have produced semantically distinct pairs, as familiar and familial. Cf.  -ical, ial. 
    • Old French
    • Latin ālis, -āle; often replacing Middle English -el

    -al2 : 
  • a suffix forming nouns from verbs, usually verbs of French or Latin origin: denial;
    refusal.
    • Latin -ālia
    • Old French
    • Latin -āle (singular), -ālia (plural), nominalized neuter of -ālis -al1; often replacing Middle English -aille

    -al3 : 
  • [Chem.]a suffix indicating that a compound contains an aldehyde group: chloral.
    • presumed to be short for aldehyde

    AL, 
    1. Alabama (approved esp. for use with zip code).
    2. Language VarietiesAnglo-Latin.

    Al, [Symbol, Chem.]
    1. aluminum.

    AL., 
  • Language VarietiesAnglo-Latin.

  • al., 
    1. other things.
      • Latin alia
    2. other persons.
    • Latin alia

    A.L., 
    1. Sport[Baseball.]American League.
    2. American Legion.
    3. Language VarietiesAnglo-Latin.

    a.l., 
  • autograph letter.

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    al the internet domain name for
    1. Albania
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    -al1 ,suffix. 
  • -al is used to form adjectives from nouns, with the meaning "relating to, of the kind of, having the form or character of:'' autumn + -al → autumnal (= relating to the season autumn);
    nature
    + -al → natural (= having the character of nature).

  • -al2 ,suffix. 
  • -al is used to form nouns from verbs, with the meaning "the act of:'' deny + -al → denial (= the act of denying);
    refuse
    + -al → refusal (= the act of refusing).

  • AL,  an abbreviation of:
    1. Alabama.

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    AL abbreviation for
    1. Alabama
    2. Anglo-Latin
    3. (in the US and Canada) American League (of baseball teams)
    4. Albania (international car registration)
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    Al the chemical symbol for
    1. aluminium
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    -al suffix forming adjectives
    1. of; related to; connected with: functional, sectional, tonal
    Etymology: from Latin -ālis
    -al suffix forming nouns
    1. the act or process of doing what is indicated by the verb stem: rebuttal, recital, renewal
    Etymology: via Old French -aille, -ail, from Latin -ālia, neuter plural used as substantive, from -ālis -al1
    -al suffix forming nouns
    1. indicating an aldehyde: ethanal
    2. indicating a pharmaceutical product: phenobarbital
    Etymology: shortened from aldehyde
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