- a suffix found in nouns denoting action or process or a person or persons acting, appearing in loanwords from French and sometimes from Spanish (cannonade; fusillade; renegade), but also attached to native stems: blockade; escapade; masquerade.
- a noun suffix indicating a drink made of a particular fruit, normally a citrus: lemonade.
Origin of -ade1
- a collective suffix like -ad1: decade.
Origin of -ade2
- a sweetened drink made of various fruitslemonade; limeade
Word Origin and History for -ade
word-forming element denoting an action or product of an action, from Latin -ata (source of French -ade, Spanish -ada, Italian -ata), fem. pp. ending used in forming nouns. A living prefix in French, from which many words have come into English (e.g. lemonade). Latin -atus, pp. suffix of verbs of the 1st conjugation also became -ade in French (Spanish -ado, Italian -ato) and came to be used as a suffix denoting persons or groups participating in an action (e.g. brigade, desperado).