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ANC abbreviation of "African National Congress," South African political party founded in 1912, whose struggle to establish majority rule and eliminate apartheid led to the establishment in 1994 of South Africa's first multi-racial, democratically-elected government.
-ance state, condition, or quality. [3 definitions]
ancestor a person from whom one is descended, esp. of several generations ago. [4 definitions]
ancestral pertaining to, inherited from, or descended from an ancestor or ancestors.
ancestress a female ancestor.
ancestry one's ancestors collectively; one's family background. [3 definitions]
anchor a heavy device, connected by a cable to a boat or ship, that is dropped to the bottom of a body of water to restrict the vessel's motion. [7 definitions]
anchorage a place where vessels can anchor. [4 definitions]
anchorite one who has withdrawn into seclusion for religious reasons or purposes; hermit.
anchorless combined form of anchor.
anchorman in broadcasting, the main announcer on a news program.
anchorperson the main announcer on a news broadcast.
anchorwoman in broadcasting, a female anchor on a news program.
anchovy any of various small, herringlike fish, used for food and found in the Mediterranean Sea.
anchylose variant of ankylose.
ancien régime (French) the political and social structure of France before the French Revolution in 1789. [2 definitions]
ancient extremely old; existing for many years. [4 definitions]
anciently in times of long ago; of ancient times.
ancient Rome a civilization cultivated by the city-state of Rome from the 8th century B.C.E. through its development as a republic and its collapse as an empire in the 5th century A.D.
ancillary subordinate or secondary. [2 definitions]
ancon a bracket, sometimes ornamental, used to support a molding, shelf, or the like.