ante- Look up ante- at
word-forming element meaning "before, in front of; previous, existing beforehand; introductory to," from Latin ante (prep. and adv.) "before, in front of, opposite," used in combinations, from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (see ante).
anteater (n.) Look up anteater at
also ant-eater, 1764, in reference to the South American species; 1868 of the Australian echidna; from ant + agent noun from eat (v.).
antebellum (adj.) Look up antebellum at
also ante-bellum, from Latin phrase ante bellum, literally "before the war;" see ante- + bellicose. In U.S., usually in reference to the American Civil War (1861-65); first attested in a June 14, 1862, entry in Mary Chesnut's diary.
antecede (v.) Look up antecede at
early 15c., from Latin antecedere "to go before" (see antecedent). Related: Anteceded; anteceding.
antecedent Look up antecedent at
late 14c. (n. and adj.), from Old French antecedent (14c.) or directly from Latin antecedentem (nominative antecedens), present participle of antecedere "go before, precede," from ante- "before" (see ante) + cedere "to yield" (see cede). Used as a noun in Latin philosophical writings.
antechamber (n.) Look up antechamber at
1650s, from French antichambre (16c.), on analogy of Italian anticamera (see ante and chamber).
antedate (v.) Look up antedate at
1580s, earlier as noun meaning "a backdating, false early date attached to a document or event" (1570s); from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + date (v.1). Related: Antedated; antedating.
antediluvian (adj.) Look up antediluvian at
"before Noah's flood," 1640s, formed from Latin ante- "before" (see ante) + diluvium "a flood" (see deluge (n.)). Coined by English physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682). As a noun meaning "person who lived before the Flood," from 1680s.
antelope (n.) Look up antelope at
early 15c., from Old French antelop, from Medieval Latin ant(h)alopus (11c.), from Greek antholops (attested in Eusebius of Antioch, c.336 C.E.), a fabulous animal haunting the banks of the Euphrates, very savage, hard to catch and having long saw-like horns capable of cutting down trees. Original sense and language unknown (it looks like Greek "flower-eye," as if from anthos + ops, but that may be a result of Greek folk etymology). A heraldic animal, also known in Medieval Latin as talopus and calopus, the name was applied c. 1600 to a living type of deer-like mammal. In the western U.S., it is used in reference to the pronghorn.
antemundane (adj.) Look up antemundane at
"existing or happening before the creation of the world," 1731; see ante- + mundane.
antenatal (adj.) Look up antenatal at
"before birth," 1798, from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + natal.
antenna (n.) Look up antenna at
1640s, "feeler or horn of an insect," from Latin antenna "sail yard," the long yard that sticks up on some sails, which is of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *temp- "to stretch, extend." In the etymological sense, it is a loan-translation of Aristotle's Greek keraiai "horns" (of insects). Modern use in radio, etc., for "aerial wire" is from 1902. Adjectival forms are antennal (1834), antennary (1836), antennular (1858).
antennae (n.) Look up antennae at
Latinate plural of antenna; see -ae.
antennas (n.) Look up antennas at
nativized plural of antenna; see -ae.
antenuptial (adj.) Look up antenuptial at
"prior to marriage," 1818, originally of children's births; see ante- + nuptial.
antepartum (adj.) Look up antepartum at
1908, from Latin phrase ante partum "before birth" (see postpartum).
antepenult (n.) Look up antepenult at
1610s; see antepenultimate.
antepenultimate (adj.) Look up antepenultimate at
"the last but two," 1730, from antepenult (n.), 1610s, abbreviation of Latin antepaenultima (syllaba), fem. of antepaenultimus, from ante "before" (see ante) + paenultima, from paen "almost" + ultima "last" (see ultimate).
anterior (adj.) Look up anterior at
1610s, Latin, literally "former," comparative of ante "before" (see ante). Related: Anteriority.
anteroom (n.) Look up anteroom at
also ante-room, 1762, literally "a room in front;" after French antichambre, Italian anticamera, from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + camera (see chamber).
anthem (n.) Look up anthem at
Old English ontemn, antefn, "a composition (in prose or verse) sung antiphonally," from Late Latin antefana, from Greek antiphona "verse response" (see antiphon). Sense evolved to "a composition set to sacred music" (late 14c.), then "song of praise or gladness" (1590s). Used in reference to the English national song (technically, as OED points out, a hymn) and extended to those of other nations. Modern spelling is from late 16c., perhaps an attempt to make the word look more Greek.
anthemic (adj.) Look up anthemic at
of music, "felt to resemble an anthem," 1841, from anthem + -ic. In reference to a type of acid, 1859, so called because isolated from dog-fennel (Anthemis arvensis).
anther (n.) Look up anther at
1550s, "medical extract of flowers," from French anthère, from Modern Latin anthera "a medicine extracted from a flower," from Greek anthera, fem. of antheros "flowery, blooming," from anthos "flower," from PIE root *andh- "to bloom" (cognates: Sanskrit andhas "herb," Armenian and "field," Middle Irish ainder "young girl," Welsh anner "young cow"). Main modern sense attested by 1791.
anthesis (n.) Look up anthesis at
"full bloom," 1835, from Greek anthesis, noun of action from antheein "to blossom," from anthos "flower," (see anther).
anthill (n.) Look up anthill at
late 13c., from ant + hill (n.).
anthologize (v.) Look up anthologize at
1889; see anthology + -ize. Related: Anthologized; anthologizing.
anthology (n.) Look up anthology at
1630s, "collection of poetry," from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia "collection of small poems and epigrams by several authors," literally "flower-gathering," from anthos "a flower" (see anther) + logia "collection, collecting," from legein "gather" (see lecture (n.)). Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, "flowers" of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.
Anthony Look up Anthony at
masc. proper name, from Latin Antonius, name of a Roman gens (with excrescent -h- probably suggested by many Greek loan words beginning anth-, such as anthros "flower," anthropos "man"); St. Anthony (4c.), Egyptian hermit, patron saint of swineherds, to whom one of each litter was usually vowed, hence Anthony for "smallest pig of the litter (1660s; in condensed form tantony pig from 1590s). St. Anthony's Fire (1520s), popular name for erysipelas, is said to be so called from the tradition that those who sought his intercession recovered from that distemper during a fatal epidemic in 1089.
anthracite (n.) Look up anthracite at
"non-bituminous coal," 1812, earlier (c. 1600) a type of ruby-like gem described by Pliny, from Latin anthracites "bloodstone, semi-precious gem," from Greek anthrakites "coal-like," from anthrax (genitive anthrakos) "live coal" (see anthrax). Related: Anthractic (adj.).
anthrax (n.) Look up anthrax at
late 14c., "any severe boil or carbuncle," from Latin, from Greek anthrax "charcoal, live coal," also "carbuncle," which is of unknown origin. Specific sense of the malignant disease in sheep and cattle (and occasionally humans) is from 1876.
anthro- Look up anthro- at
see anthropo-.
anthropic (adj.) Look up anthropic at
"pertaining to man," 1836, from Greek anthropikos "human," from anthropos "male human being, man" (see anthropo-). Related: Anthropical (1804).
anthropo- Look up anthropo- at
before a vowel, anthrop-, word-forming element meaning "pertaining to man or human beings," from comb. form of Greek anthropos "man, human being" (sometimes also including women) from Attic andra (genitive andros), from Greek aner "man" (as opposed to a woman, a god, or a boy), from PIE *ner- (2) "man," also "vigorous, vital, strong" (cognates: Sanskrit nar-, Armenian ayr, Welsh ner).

Anthropos sometimes is explained as a compound of aner and ops (genitive opos) "eye, face;" so literally "he who has the face of a man." The change of -d- to -th- is difficult to explain; perhaps it is from some lost dialectal variant, or the mistaken belief that there was an aspiration sign over the vowel in the second element (as though *-dhropo-), which mistake might have come about by influence of common verbs such as horao "to see."
anthropocentric (adj.) Look up anthropocentric at
"regarding man as the center," 1855, from anthropo- + -centric. Related: Anthropocentrically.
anthropocentrism (n.) Look up anthropocentrism at
1897; see anthropocentric + -ism.
anthropogenic (adj.) Look up anthropogenic at
1889, from anthropogeny + -ic.
anthropogeny (n.) Look up anthropogeny at
1833, from anthropo- + geny.
anthropoid (adj.) Look up anthropoid at
"manlike," 1835, from Greek anthropoeides "like a man, resembling a man; in human form;" see anthropo- + -oid. As a noun, attested from 1832 (the Greek noun in this sense was anthroparion).
anthropolatry (n.) Look up anthropolatry at
"worship of a human being," 1650s, from Greek anthropos (see anthropo-) + latreia "hired labor, service, worship" (see -latry).
anthropological (adj.) Look up anthropological at
1825, from anthropology + -ical. Related: Anthropologically.
anthropologist (n.) Look up anthropologist at
1798, from anthropology + -ist.
anthropology (n.) Look up anthropology at
"science of the natural history of man," 1590s, originally especially of the relation between physiology and psychology, from Modern Latin anthropologia or coined independently in English from anthropo- + -logy. In Aristotle, anthropologos is used literally, as "speaking of man."
anthropometric (adj.) Look up anthropometric at
1871, based on French anthropométrique, from anthropometry "measurement of the human body" + -ic.
anthropometry (n.) Look up anthropometry at
1839, "acquaintance with the dimensions of the parts of the human body," from anthropo- + -metry. Perhaps modeled on French anthropometrie.
anthropomorphic (adj.) Look up anthropomorphic at
1806, from anthropomorphous + -ic. Originally in reference to regarding God or gods as having human form and human characteristics; of animals and other things from 1858; the sect of the Antropomorfites is mentioned in English from mid-15c. (see anthropomorphite).
anthropomorphism (n.) Look up anthropomorphism at
1753, "attributing of human qualities to a deity;" see anthropomorphic + -ism. Of other non-human things, from 1858. Related: Anthropomorphist (1610s).
anthropomorphite (n.) Look up anthropomorphite at
mid-15c.; see anthropomorphite + -ist.
The sect of Antropomorfitis, whiche helden that God in his godhede hath hondis and feet and othere suche membris. [Reginald Pecock, "The Repressor of Over Much Blaming of the Clergy," 1449]
Related: Anthropomorphitism (1660s).
anthropomorphize (v.) Look up anthropomorphize at
1834; see anthropomorphic + -ize. Related: Anthropomorphized; anthopomorphizing.
anthropomorphous (adj.) Look up anthropomorphous at
1753, anglicization of Late Latin anthropomorphus "having human form," from Greek anthropomorphos, from anthropos "human being" (see anthropo-) + morphe "form" (see morphine).
anthropopathy (n.) Look up anthropopathy at
"ascribing of human feelings to god," 1640s, from Greek anthropopatheia "humanity," literally "human feeling," from anthropo- + -patheia, comb. form of pathos "suffering, disease, feeling" (see pathos). Related: Anthropopathic; anthropopathically.