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Letter A

Picture of the Letter A

Picture of the Letter A

The Letter A

The Elizabethan alphabet contained just 24 old English letters as opposed to the 26 letters used in the modern English alphabet. The following picture of the Letter A of the modern English alphabet is depicted in an ornate style typical of those used with old English letters.

Picture of the Letter A
An old style Letter A

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter A
The following dictionary contains old Elizabethan words and their meanings beginning with Letter A. If you find some words amusing click the following link to have FUN with some insults from the Shakespearean Insults Generator .     

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter A

ABATE 
to shorten, to cast down, to blunt 
ABATEMENT 
diminution 
ABHOR 
protest; disgust 
ABIDE 
to sojourn to expiate 
ABRIDGEMENT 
a short play 
ABROOK 
to brook, abide 
ABSEY-BOOK 
a primer 
ABSOLUTE 
positive, certain Complete 
ABUSE 
to deceive,deception 
ABY 
to expiate a fault 
ABYSM 
abyss 
ACCITE 
to cite, summon 
ACKNOWN 
'to be acknown' is to acknowledge 
ACQUITTANCE 
a receipt or discharge 
ACTURE 
action 
ADDITION 
title, attribute 
ADDRESS 
to prepare oneself 
ADDRESSED 
prepared
ADVANCE 
to prefer, promote to honour 
ADVERTISEMENT 
admonition 
ADVERTISING 
attentive 
ADVICE 
consideration, discretion 
ADVISE 
to consider, reflect 
ADVISED 
considerate 
ADVOCATION 
pleading, advocacy
AFEARED 
afraid 
AFFECT 
to love 
AFFY 
to affiance To trust 
AFRONT 
in front 
AGAZED 
looking in amazement 
AGLET-BABY 
the small figure engraved on a jewel 
AGNISE 
to acknowledge, confessA-GOOD 
a good deal, plenteously 
A-HOLD 
a sea-term 
AIERIE 
the nest of a bird of prey 
AIM 
a guess 
ALDER-LIEFEST 
most loved of all 
ALE 
alehouse 
ALLOW 
to approve 
ALLOWANCE 
approval 
AMES-ACE 
two aces, the lowest throw of the dice 
AMORT 
dead, dejected 
AN 
if 
ANCHOR 
an anchorite, hermit 
ANCIENT 
an ensign-bearer 
ANGEL 
a coin, so called because it bore the image of an angel 
ANIGHT 
by night 
ANSWER 
retaliation
ANTHROPOPHAGINIAN 
a cannibal 
ANTICK 
the fool in the old plays 
ANTRE 
a cave 
APPARENT 
heir-apparent 
APPEAL 
accusation,to accuse
APPLE-JOHN 
a kind of apple 
APPOINTMENT 
preparation 
APPREHENSION 
opinion 
APPREHENSIVE 
apt to apprehend or understand 
APPROBATION 
probation 
APPROOF 
approbation, proof 
APPROVE 
to prove To justify, make good 
APPROVER 
one who proves or tries 
ARCH 
chief 
ARGAL 
a ridiculous word intended for the Latin ergo 
ARGENTINE 
silver 
ARGIER 
Algiers
ARGOSY 
originally a vessel of Ragusa or Ragosa, a
Ragosine; hence any ship of burden
ARGUMENT 
subject 
ARMIGERO 
a mistake for Armiger, the Latin for Esquire 
AROINT 
found only in the imperative mood, get thee gone 
A-ROW 
in a row 
ARTICULATE 
to enter into articles of agreement to exhibit in articles 
ASPECT 
regard, looks 
ASPERSION 
sprinkling; hence blessing, because before the Reformation benediction was 
generally accompanied by the sprinkling of holy water 
ASSAY 
to attempt, test, make proof of 
ASSINEGO 
an ass 
ASSUBJUGATE 
to subjugate 
ASSURANCE 
deed of assurance 
ASSURED 
betrothed 
ATOMY 
an atom Used in contempt of a small person 
ATONE 
to put people at one, to reconcile to agree 
ATTACH 
to seize, lay hold on
ATTASKED 
taken to task, reprehended 
ATTENT 
attentive 
ATTORNEY 
to employ as an agent To perform by an agent 
AUDACIOUS 
spirited, daring, but without any note of blame attached to it 
AUGUR 
augury
AUTHENTIC 
clothed with authority
AVE 
the Latin for hail; hence acclamation 
AVE-MARY 
the angelic salutation addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary 
AVERRING 
confirming 
AVOID 
get rid of 
AWFUL
worshipful
AWKWARD
contrary

Elizabethan Language Guide - An Elizabethan Online Dictionary
Click the following links to access more information about the old English Elizabethan Language and the Elizabethan Online Dictionary for an easy to follow Elizabethan language guide.

Elizabethan Language
Elizabethan Insults
Elizabethan Education - Schools and Universities
Elizabethan Dictionary
Elizabethan Era Index

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