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See also: essa and essä

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Provençal [Term?], from Latin -issa, from Ancient Greek -ισσα (-issa).

SuffixEdit

-essa f

  1. -ess (female)

Usage notesEdit

This suffix is non-productive in modern Catalan, with either the usual feminine termination -a being employed, or the noun having a single form for both genders.

Derived termsEdit


ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin -issa, from Ancient Greek -ισσα (-issa).

SuffixEdit

-essa

  1. -ess

Usage notesEdit

  • Mostly used to form the feminine of animate nouns. e.g. barone => baronessa
  • Sometimes used ironically or in a disparaging manner. e.g. medico => medichessa