Japanese demonstrative adjective corresponding to some uses of the word "that" in English. Ano indicates that the object referred to is not close to the speaker or to the listener. Ano opposes kono and sono. Its prounoun counterpart is are.

Ano tatemono wa totemo ookii desu yo.
That building over there is very big!

Ano should not be confused with anoo, which is a hesitation noise. See also ko-so-a-do.

A hesitation noise in the Japanese language. An alternative for Japanese speakers would be "etoo..."
I would approximate it to the English "Uhh..." or "Umm...".

The "noo" is not pronounced as in the English "noose", but is instead an example of long vowels in Japanese. Were it to use a short vowel sound instead, it would be written "ano".

Anoo can be alternatively written in romaji as anou.

A"ni (#) or A"no (#), n. [Native name.] Zool.

A black bird of tropical America, the West Indies and Florida (Crotophaga ani), allied to the cuckoos, and remarkable for communistic nesting.


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