Definition of Alan in English:

Alan

noun

  • A member of a nomadic people of the northern Caucasus from whom the Ossetians are thought to be descended.

adjective

  • Of or relating to the Alans or their language; Alanic.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Vegetius' De Re Militari. From classical Latin Alānus (plural Alānī) member of an ancient Iranian-speaking people, related to the Scythians and Sarmatians from an Iranian ethnonym, apparently from the same Indo-Iranian base as Old Persian ariya + a suffix from the Indo-European base of -an.

Pronunciation

Alan

/əˈlɑːn//ˈalən//ˈeɪlən/