What Does OAN Mean in a Text?

OAN means "One America News" and "On Another Note."

The abbreviation OAN has a number of meanings including "One America News" and "On Another Note." Here is more information about each of these definitions of OAN. Examples of use can be found below.

One America News

The abbreviation OAN is widely used to refer to the "One America News Network" (formally abbreviated as OANN.)

On Another Note

OAN is used with the meaning "On Another Note" to introduce a change of subject. OAN is often employed as part of the normal flow of conversation, but can also be used when the sender feels uncomfortable with where the conversation is going or doesn't want to answer a question.

In public speaking, the use of phrases such as "On Another Note," or "On a different note," is known as "signposting." It helps to avoid confusion in the audience, by clearly indicating a change in topic.

The phrase "On Another Note" probably originated in music, where a different key may completely change the sound of a piece of music.

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meaning of OAN

OAN also means "One America News."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of GC

"One America News" is the most common definition for OAN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:One America News
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Second Definition for GC

"On Another Note" is another common definition for OAN.
Definition:On Another Note
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of OAN in Sentences

Here are examples of OAN being used in conversations:
  • Alice: Did you actually believe what OAN said about the coronavirus vaccine?!
  • Ginny: Err, I'm not sure. OAN, what's the weather forecast for the weekend?

  • (Here, OAN is being used to mean both "One America News" and "On Another Note.")
  • Ray: When are you going to pay me back?
  • Alan: Soon. OAN, how's your Mum?

  • (Here, OAN is being used to mean "On Another Note.")

An Academic Look at OAN

Whether used with the meaning "One America News" or "On Another Note," OAN is classified as an initialism abbreviation, because it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Oh Ay Enn").

"On Another Note" is an idiom; i.e., a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. Here are some other common idioms:
  • He's been pushing up daisies for a year.
  • (He's been dead for a year.)
  • Let's paint the town red.
  • (Let's have a good time in town.)

Example of OAN Used in a Text

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