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Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-West Germanic *all, from Proto-Germanic *allaz. Cognate with Old Frisian al, Old Saxon all, Old Dutch al, Old High German al, Old Norse allr.


  • IPA(key): /æ͜ɑll/, [æ͜ɑɫ]



  1. all
    Ealle menn sind unġelīċe.
    All people are different.
    • c. 990, Wessex Gospels, Matthew 24:38-39
      On þǣm dagum ǣr þǣm flōde wǣron menn etende and drincende, and wīfiġende and ġifte sellende, ōþ þone dæġ þe Nōe on þā earċe ēode, and hīe nysson ǣr sē flōd cōm and nam hīe ealle.
      In the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they didn't know until the flood came and took them all.
    • c. 992, Ælfric, "On the Lord's Ascension"
      Eft he cwæð, "Ic bēo mid ēow eallum dagum, ōð þisre worulde geendunge," seðe lyfað and rixað mid þam Ælmihtigan Fæder and ðam Halgum Gaste á on ecnysse. Amen.
      Again he said, "I will be with you on all days, until the ending of this world," who liveth and reigneth with the Almighty Father and the Holy Ghost ever to eternity. Amen.
  2. whole, entire
    Iċ lufiġe ealne mīnne hīred.
    I love my whole family.
    • late 9th century, Old English Martyrology
      Sume ġēare him bærst miċel wund on ōðrum þēo, and hē stōd þurh eall þæt ġēar on ānum fēt.
      One year a large wound burst open on one of his thighs, and he stood on one leg for the whole year.
    • c. 992, Ælfric, "The Nativity of St. Paul the Apostle"
      Petrus āna spræc for ealne þone hēap.
      Peter by himself spoke for the whole group.




  1. everything
  2. (in the plural) everyone



  1. completely
    Mid wundrunge hē ġeseah þæt sē cniht wæs eall fæġer.
    With astonishment, he noticed that the boy was completely beautiful.
  2. altogether, in all, all

Coordinate terms[edit]


  • Middle English: all, al
    • English: all
    • Geordie English: a'
    • Scots: a', a, aw; aa, aal
    • Yola: aul, aal, all, al