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-an

Class:

affix | suffix | noun suffix

Etymology:

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ānus, adjective and noun suffix |...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

-an | -ean | -ian

[forming adjectives and nouns] belonging to or relating to; a person belonging to or coming from | [forming adjectives and nouns] typical of or ... (23 of 337 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/-an

Random House Dictionary:

an | An | an- | -an | AN | an. | A.N. | 'n [sense-specific] | 'n' [sense-specific] | ...

"indefinite article". the form of "a" before an initial vowel sound (an ... | "an" : [pronunciation spelling] and | [archaic] if | "An" : the Sumerian ... (24 of 300 words, 13 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/an

Merriam-Webster:

-an [entry 1, affix, suffix, noun suffix] | -ian | -ean

one that is of or relating to | one skilled in or specializing in (13 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/-an

-an [entry 2, affix, suffix, adjective suffix] | -ian | -ean

of or belonging to | characteristic of; resembling (7 of 27 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/-an show=1

-an [entry 3, affix, suffix, noun suffix]

unsaturated organic compound | anhydride of a carbohydrate (7 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/-an show=2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

-an [affix]

used with names of places to make nouns and adjectives meaning relating to a particular place or to someone who comes from a particular place | used ... (26 of 60 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/an 15

Oxford Dictionary:

-an

forming adjectives and nouns, especially from | names of places | names of systems | names of zoological classes or orders | names of founders | ... (21 of 52 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/--an

New World Dictionary:

-an | -ian

(one) belonging to or having some relation to | (one) born in or living in | (one) believing in or following | "-ician": used to form nouns only (25 of 46 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/an-suffix

American Heritage Dictionary:

-an

Of, relating to, or resembling | One relating to, belonging to, or resembling | Unsaturated carbon compound | Anhydride of a carbohydrate (19 of 44 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/an-suffix

Wiktionary:

-an | -ian [sense-specific] | -al [synonym, sense-specific] | -ar [synonym, sense-specific] | -ese [synonym, sense-specific] | -ic [synonym, sense-specific] | -id [synonym, sense-specific] | -ish [synonym, sense-specific] | -like [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of or pertaining to; adjective suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also. | Appended to nouns to form an agent noun. (38 of 39 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-an

Cambridge Dictionary:

-an [entry 2] | -ean | -ian

connected with or belonging to the stated place, group or type (11 of 26 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/an 2

Encarta Dictionary:

-an [entry 1]

of or relating to | somebody of or resembling a particular kind (11 of 60 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695482​/definition​.html  [offline]

-an [entry 2]

an unsaturated carbon compound (4 of 13 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695483​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

-an

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ānus, adjective and noun suffix | Alteration of "-ane".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/an-suffix

Online Etymology:

-an

Origin: suffix meaning "pertaining to", from Latin -anus, in some cases via French -ain, -en.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=-an

New World Dictionary:

-an

Origin: French -ain, -en from Latin -anus, of, belonging to; also directly from Latin

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/an-suffix

Wiktionary:

-an

Origin: Latin -ānus, which forms adjectives of belonging or origin from a noun.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-an

Collins Dictionary:

-an | -ean | -ian

Origin: from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/-an

Oxford Dictionary:

Merriam-Webster:

-an [entry 1, affix, suffix, noun suffix] | -ian | -ean

Origin: -an and -ian from Middle English -an, -ian, from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French -ien, from Latin ... (16 of 31 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/-an

-an [entry 3, affix, suffix, noun suffix]

Origin: International Scientific Vocabulary -an, -ane, alteration of -ene, -ine, and -one

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/-an show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

-an [entry 1]

Origin: French from Latin -anus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695482​/definition​.html  [offline]

-an [entry 2]

Origin: Alteration of -ane

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695483​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

-an [affix]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "-an"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/an 15

Macmillan American Dictionary:

-an [affix]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "-an"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/an 15

Cambridge Dictionary:

-an [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "-an"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "-an"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/an 2

Google Dictionary:

-an

Audio: English pronunciation of "-an"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=-an

YourDictionary Audio:

-an

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "-an" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/an-suffix

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