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AA Tweet Definition of AA Like Definition of AA on Facebook
initialism
  1. Automobile Association
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous
  3. American Airlines
  4. A.A. (or A.'.A.'.) Esoteric Magickal order Astrum Argenteum, or Silver star, a magickal order.
  5. Antiaircraft
  6. Alzheimer's Association
  7. Armed Forces Americas (USPS abbreviation code)
  8. Affirmative Action
  9. African-American
  10. (chemistry): amino acid
  11. (military) assembly area
  12. (military) avenue of approach
  13. (poker) A starting hand in Texas hold 'em comprised of two aces
ABA Tweet Definition of ABA Like Definition of ABA on Facebook
initialism
  1. American Bar Association
abbreviated Tweet Definition of abbreviated Like Definition of abbreviated on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, abbreviate)
adjective
  1. shorten, Shortened; relatively short.
  • The abbreviated lesson only took fifteen minutes as opposed to an hour and a half.
accessory Tweet Definition of accessory Like Definition of accessory on Facebook
noun (accessories)
  1. That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate, an attachment
    • the accessories of a mobile phone
      Quotations
    • The aspect and accessories of a den of banditti. - w:Thomas Carlyle
      1. (context, Clothing) An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves.
      2. (context, Law) One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense.
    • accessory before the fact
    • accessory after the fact
      1. (Fine Arts): Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts. - w:James Elmes
adjective
  1. Having a secondary, supplementary or subordinate function by accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; being additional; being connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or being contributory. Said of persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense; as, he was accessory to the riot; accessory sounds in music.
  2. (context, Law) assist, Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself.
accordion pleat Tweet Definition of accordion pleat Like Definition of accordion pleat on Facebook
noun
  1. A series of permanent folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions made in fabric, paper, or other material.
Paper fans generally use an .
Afghan Tweet Definition of Afghan Like Definition of Afghan on Facebook
noun
  1. A person from Afghanistan or of Afghan descent.
  2. A person of Pashtun ethnicity or of Pashtun descent.
proper noun
  1. Ethnic Pashtun
  2. Pashto, a language primarily spoken in southern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.
adjective
  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Afghanistan.
  2. Of, from, or pertaining to the Pashtun ethnic community.
afro Tweet Definition of afro Like Definition of afro on Facebook
noun
  1. A hair style characterized by a tightly curled locks and a rounded shape.
agal Tweet Definition of agal Like Definition of agal on Facebook
noun
  1. cord that is fastened around the kaffiyeh
aglet Tweet Definition of aglet Like Definition of aglet on Facebook
noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, aiglet)
  2. The cover at the tip of a shoelace, to prevent it from fraying.
agraffe Tweet Definition of agraffe Like Definition of agraffe on Facebook
noun
  1. A clasp consisting of a hook which fastens on to a ring.
  • 1819: The feather of an ostrich, fastened in her turban by an set with brilliants, was another distinction of the beautiful Jewess, scoffed and sneered at by the proud dames who sat above her, but secretly envied by those who affected to deride them. " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
aigrette Tweet Definition of aigrette Like Definition of aigrette on Facebook
noun
  1. The lesser white heron; the egret.
  2. A feather or plume, or feather-shaped item, used as an adornment or ornament.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 181:
    • :Young women attired often in nothing more than ostrich-feather aigrettes dyed in colors of doubtful taste ran nubilely up and down the marble staircases, chased by young men in razor-toed ball shoes of patent-leather.
      1. The feathery crown of some seeds (such as the dandelion)
alb Tweet Definition of alb Like Definition of alb on Facebook
noun
  1. A long white robe worn by priests and other ministers at religious ceremonies, underneath most of the other vestments.
anklet Tweet Definition of anklet Like Definition of anklet on Facebook
noun (irregularpluralform) -->
  1. A piece of jewelry/jewellery, resembling a bracelet but worn around the ankle.
anorak Tweet Definition of anorak Like Definition of anorak on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, mul=Anorak, Anorak (slang))
  1. A heavy weatherproof jacket with an attached hood; a parka or windcheater.
  2. (context, UK, slang) A geek or nerd, originally a train spotter.
apparel Tweet Definition of apparel Like Definition of apparel on Facebook
noun
  1. clothing
verb (apparels, appareling or apparelling, appareled or apparelled)
  1. (transitive) To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
Ships . . . appareled to fight. --Hayward.
  1. (transitive) To dress or clothe; to attire.
They which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. --Luke vii. 25.
  1. (transitive) To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.
apron Tweet Definition of apron Like Definition of apron on Facebook
noun
  1. An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spills.
  2. The paved area of an airport.
  3. The sides of a trees canopy
arch Tweet Definition of arch Like Definition of arch on Facebook
noun
  1. An inverted U shape.
  2. An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  3. An architectural element having the shape of an arch
verb (arches, arching, arched)
  1. To form into an arch shape
The cat arched its back
adjective
  1. knowing, clever
I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
Arctic Tweet Definition of Arctic Like Definition of Arctic on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.
Argyle Tweet Definition of Argyle Like Definition of Argyle on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, Argyll)
armhole Tweet Definition of armhole Like Definition of armhole on Facebook
noun (pluralarmholes)
  1. A hole in a piece of clothing intended for putting one's arm through.
armscye Tweet Definition of armscye Like Definition of armscye on Facebook
noun
  1. an opening in a garment for the attachment of a sleeve; an armhole
ascot Tweet Definition of ascot Like Definition of ascot on Facebook
noun
  1. ascot tie
Astrakhan Tweet Definition of Astrakhan Like Definition of Astrakhan on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a Tatar city and region in Russia, located on the Volga River, conquered by Ivan the Terrible in 1556.
  2. (archaic) astrakhan fleece
  • 1891: Heavy bands of were slashed across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat " Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Scandal In Bohemia" (Norton 2005 p.14)

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