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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awl-der]
    • /ˈɔl dər/
    • /ˈɔːldə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awl-der]
    • /ˈɔl dər/

Definitions of alder word

  • variable noun alder An alder is a species of tree or shrub that grows especially in cool, damp places and loses its leaves in winter. 3
  • variable noun alder Alder is the wood from this tree. 3
  • noun alder any N temperate betulaceous shrub or tree of the genus Alnus, having toothed leaves and conelike fruits. The bark is used in dyeing and tanning and the wood for bridges, etc because it resists underwater rot 3
  • noun alder any of several similar trees or shrubs 3
  • noun alder any of a small group of rapidly growing trees and shrubs (genus Alnus) of the birch family, having toothed leaves and catkins, and growing in cool, moist soil in temperate and cold climates: the bark is used in dyeing and tanning, the wood is used for bridges and piles because it resists underwater rot, and the roots, which contain nitrogen-fixing organisms, help colonize raw soil 3
  • noun alder Kurt [kurt;; German koo rt] /kɜrt;; German kʊərt/ (Show IPA), 1902–58, German chemist: Nobel Prize 1950. 1

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Origin of alder

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English alder, aller, Old English alor, al(e)r; cognate with Old Norse ǫlr, Middle Low German al(l)er < Germanic *álusṓ; akin to Middle High German alze < Germanic *alū́sō, Old High German elira, erila (German Erle) < Germanic *álisṓ, Middle Low German els(e) < Germanic *alísō, hence Germanic *álus, alísō; compare Polish olcha, Russian olʾkhá < Indo-European dialect *alisā; Lithuanian al̃ksnis, Latin alnus < Indo-European dialect *alsnos

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alder popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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