-a-

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See also: a, a-, -a, 'a, and a'

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From of a (as in half-a-crown) or of (as in jack-a-napes from Middle English Jak of Naples). Some terms have fully incorporated the use, as ragamuffin and jackanape(s); others arise from mistaken assimilation to the form, as all-a-gog and cock-a-leekie.

Infix[edit]

-a-

  1. Connective infix used in forming compounds, often no longer carrying a distinct meaning.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From earlier a (attested by the 14th c.), as a contraction of and and its various Middle English forms.

Conjunction[edit]

-a-

  1. And
    • 1746, Exmoor Scolding 3rd ed., 81
      Chem a laced well-a-fine aread
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

From French à (various prepositions) and related prepositions in other romance languages. Also from related misunderstandings, as all-a-mort from French à la morte.

Alternative forms[edit]

Infix[edit]

-a-

  1. Connective infix encountered in loanwords and phrases, generally no longer carrying a distinct meaning.


Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 4[edit]

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Infix[edit]

-a-

  1. (chemistry) Replacing carbon especially in a ring.

Etymology 5[edit]

The vowel of rat

Infix[edit]

-a-

  1. (pharmacology) A monoclonal antibody derived from a rat.
Related terms[edit]
  • -mab is the base suffix common to all monoclonal antibodies

References[edit]

  • USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names, U.S. Pharmacopeia, 2000

Hungarian[edit]

Interfix[edit]

-a-

  1. A linking vowel added between the word stem and the suffix to give easier pronunciation. It does not change the meaning.
    fiatal (young) → fiatalabb (younger)