Origin: Middle English, from Old English ān (“one, a, lone, sole”). The “n” was gradually lost before consonants in almost all dialects by the 15th century.
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 A, a noun pl. A’sa’s
  1. the first letter of the English alphabet: from the Greek alpha
  2. any speech sounds that this letter represents, as, in English, the vowel (a)
  3. a type or impression for a or A
  4. the first in a sequence or group

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A | a blood type (positive or negative)

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grade indicating excellence (A+, A, A-)

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a- in, into, on, at to: act or state of: asleep, a-crying, a-wishing, a-borning

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