-ean

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).

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Slavic -eninu (Proto-Slavic *-ěninъ).

SuffixEdit

-ean m ‎(plural -eni, feminine equivalent -eancă)

  1. used to indicate origin or place of birth (such as from a certain city or region), or occasionally nationality (e.g. Ardeal ‎(Transylvania) + ‎-ean → ‎ardelean ‎(Transylvanian), București ‎(Bucharest) + ‎-ean → ‎bucureștean ‎(Bucharestian)

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