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Al US English

The chemical element aluminum

AL US English

Alabama (in official postal use)

al- US English

Variant spelling of ad- assimilated before -l (as in alleviate, allocate).

-al US English

(Forming adjectives) relating to; of the kind of

AL New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Alabama (postal abbreviation)

Al New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

the chemical element aluminium

al- New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Arabic definite article, used in proper names

al dente US English

(Of food, typically pasta) cooked so as to be still firm when bitten

al fresco US English

In the open air

aluminum US English

The chemical element of atomic number 13, a light silvery-gray metal

Al in aluminum US English

The chemical element of atomic number 13, a light silvery-gray metal

et al. US English

And others (used especially in referring to academic books or articles that have more than one author)

Ras al-Khaimah US English

One of the seven member states of the United Arab Emirates; population 171,900 (est. 2009). It joined the United Arab Emirates in 1972, after the British withdrew from the Persian Gulf

Rub' al-Khali US English

A vast desert in the Arabian peninsula that extends from central Saudi Arabia south to Yemen and east to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. It is also known as the Great Sandy Desert and the Empty Quarter

Shatt al-Arab US English

A river in southwestern Asia that is formed by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and flows 120 miles (195 km) through southeastern Iraq to the Persian Gulf. Its lower course forms the border between Iraq and Iran

Tarabulus al-Gharb US English

Arabic name for Tripoli111.

Umm al-Qaiwain US English

One of the seven member states of the United Arab Emirates; population 69,900 (est. 2009)

aluminium New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

chemical element of atomic number 13

Al in Unser US English

Al (1939-), Bobby’s brother; full name Alfred Unser. Indy 500 champion 1970, 1971, 1978, 1987

El Al New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Israeli national airline

Al-Anon US English

A mutual support organization for the families and friends of alcoholics, especially those of members of Alcoholics Anonymous

al-Qods US English

The Arabic name for Jerusalem

Capp, Al US English

(1909–79), US cartoonist; born Alfred Gerald Caplin. He was noted for his satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner,” which appeared in North American newspapers from 1934 to 1977

Gore, Al US English

(1948-), US vice president 1993–2001; full name Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. A Tennessee Democrat, he served in the US House of Representatives 1977–85 and US Senate 1985–93. He lost the 2000 presidential bid to George W. Bush in one of the closest and most controversial elections in US history. His book An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It (2006) was highly influential. Nobel Peace Prize (2007, shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

Hirt, Al US English

(1922–99) US trumpeter; full name Alois Maxwell Hirt. At first noted for his Dixieland jazz, he later, during the 1960s, turned to playing more nonjazz music, such as in his Grammy-winning song “Java” (1964). From the 1970s he was based in New Orleans, his hometown, and performed in his own nightclub when not on tour. Albums of his music put together after his death include Music to Watch Girls By (2000) and Cocktail Hour (2000)

al desko US English

While working at one’s desk in an office (with reference to the consumption of food or meals)

al-Fatah US English

See Fatah.

al-Jizah US English

Arabic name for Giza.

al-Nakba US English

The Arabic term for the events of 1948, when many Palestinians were displaced from their homeland by the creation of the new state of Israel

al-Qaeda US English

A militant Islamic fundamentalist group

al-Qahira US English

Arabic name for Cairo.

al-Uqsur US English

Arabic name for Luxor.

Capone, Al US English

(1899–1947), US gangster; full name Alphonse Capone. He was notorious for his domination of organized crime in Chicago in the 1920s. Although he was believed responsible for many murders, including the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, it was for federal income tax evasion that he was eventually imprisoned in 1931

Jolson, Al US English

(1886–1950), US singer, movie actor, and comedian; born Asa Yoelson in Russia. He made the Gershwin song “Swanee” his trademark and appeared in the first full-length talking movie, The Jazz Singer, in 1927

Oerter, Al US English

(1936–2007), US track and field athlete; full name Alfred Adolf Oerter, Jr. He established an Olympic record for consecutive gold medals, winning the discus throw in the four Olympic games from 1956 to 1968

Pacino, Al US English

(1940-), US movie actor; full name Alfred James Pacino. Notable movies: The Godfather (1972), Serpico (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), Scarface (1983), Scent of a Woman (1992), Carlito’s Way (1993), and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

al dente New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

cooked so as to remain firm

al-Qaeda New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Islamic fundamentalist group

al-Hudayda US English

Arabic name for Hodeida.

al-Madinah US English

Arabic name for Medina.


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