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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Ane, indef. article. Also: aene, ayn, anne, an. [Variant of An art., and usually written both for this and for A in later 15th and throughout the 16th cent.]

1. A; an. a. Before vowels. b. Before h. c. Before consonants.a. 1390 Coldingham Priory 60.
A suffysand man and ane abelle
1409 Exch. R. IV. p. ccix.
Ane excellent and a mychty prince
1462 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 23.
In ane obligacioun maid therapon
1513 Doug. i. i. 19.
Thare was ane ancyant cite
Ib. iv. 9.
With ane ile enveronyt
1596 Misc. Spalding C. I. 88.
Seiknes … with ane onsatiable droutht
1604-31 Craig i. 14.
Though thou lackes ane ee
1690 Acts IX. 178/1.
She designed ane appeall
b. c1420 Wynt. iii. 1046.
Ane honest man
14.. Acts I. 53/2.
xxxiiij ky and ane halffe
1456 Hay I. 2/22.
Ane hye and mychty Prince
Ib. 12/11.
Ane herityke
1510 Lennox Mun. 189.
Aene honorable man
1513 Doug. i. iii. 22.
In ane hepe
1585 James VI Ess. 63.
In ane heich … purpose
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 115.
Vpon ane headstrong horse
c. 1462 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 23.
Ane worthy knycht
Ane dispensatioune
1472 Reg. Cupar A. I. 164 (ib. a quarter).
Ane quarter of our toun
1481 Lett. Proc. H. Scheves MS.
Ane worschipfull man
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 227/3.
Ane ryich[t] gret spait in Clyde
Ib. 12.
Ane sqwyare of Burgunȝe
1535 Stewart 39157.
In ane kne deip snaw
1562-3 Winȝet I. 2/23.
Ane daingerous seditioun
1594 Misc. Bann. C. III. 168.
The coup gat ane meit couer; ane tyran fand ane tratour
1614 Crim. Trials III. 302.
In ane grite anger
1641 Peebles B. Rec. 105.
Ane frie brugh
1695 Writ. Signet p. xliv.
Ane convenient house

2. Ane othir (uther), another. Mony ane, many a. a1400 Leg. S. ix. 28.
Ane vthire ydol … that thai menskyt
c1420 Wynt. i. 1485.
Nane ane othir wndyrstude
1456 Hay I. 121/1.
Gif a man vencus ane othir
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xiii. 11.
Is na man thair that trestis ane vther
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4068.
Wes neuer slane so mony ane man
a1578 Pitsc. II. 65/15.
Knawledge ȝour sins ane to ane wther

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