🌏 Region(s): Ryukyu (Amami: Yuwan)
あん【彼ん】 : an | define meaning
- Distal adnominal demonstrative used to indicate or recall something or someone far away from both the speaker and the listener: "That ~ over there", "That guy (over there)"
Derived from reduction of the form あの【彼の】 ano "that (over there)". Cognate to Kagoshima あん an; Okinawan あぬ anu; and standard Japanese あの【彼の】 ano "that (over there)". Ultimately formed from the distal deictic root あ【彼】 a-, followed by the genitive particle の【乃・之】 no. Related to the variant かの【彼の】 kano; Yonaguni かぬ kanu.