EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin -ānus, following Latin stems ending in -e(us), -ē(us) (many from Ancient Greek -ηιος), or -æ(us) (many from Ancient Greek -αιος).

SuffixEdit

-ean

  1. Forms adjectives, usually from proper nouns.

Usage notesEdit

  • Almost all English words ending in "ean" are originally from Latin (Caesarean) or Greek (Euclidean). A few were later formed by adding -an to a stem or word ending in -ea (Korean), -es (Andean), or a silent -e (Boolean).

Derived termsEdit

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