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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the older form ܐܢܚܢܢ([ʾə]naḥnan); archaic in Classical Syriac and only used in literary or formal contexts. Compare Arabic نَحْنُ(naḥnu) and Hebrew אֲנַחְנוּ(ʾănaḥnû).



ܚܢܢ ‎(ḥənanc ‎(singular ܐܢܐ)

  1. (personal) we
  2. (intensive) we ourselves
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Etymology 2[edit]

Modified from above, with the initial consonant (and vowel) quiescing.

Alternative forms[edit]



ܚܢܢ ‎([ḥə]nan, -nanc ‎(singular ܐܢܐ)

  1. an enclitic used as a copula for a first-person plural subject; we are
Usage notes[edit]

Usually, the form ܚܢܢ([ḥə]nan) is written separately from the word it follows while the alternative form -ܢܢ(-nan) is written together with the word it follows.

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Etymology 3[edit]


Proper noun[edit]

ܚܢܢ ‎(transliteration neededm

  1. Annas (Biblical figure)
  2. A male given name.

Etymology 4[edit]



ܚܢܢ ‎(transliteration needed)

  1. absolute singular of ܚܢܢܐ
  2. construct singular of ܚܢܢܐ


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