- a suffix that forms collective nouns denoting an assembly of items, as household objects, art, books, or maps, or a description of such items, as a bibliography, all of which are representative of or associated with the place, person, or period named by the stem: Americana; Shakespeareana; Victoriana.
Origin of -ana
< Latin, neuter plural of -ānus -an
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- denoting a collection of objects or information relating to a particular individual, subject, or placeShakespeareana; Victoriana; Americana
New Latin, from Latin -āna, literally: matters relating to, neuter plural of -ānus; see -an
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Word Origin and History for -ana
or ana, word-forming element denoting "collection of sayings, gossip, etc. connected with a person or place," early 18c., originally the neuter plural ending of Latin adjectives ending in -anus "pertaining to," from PIE adjectival suffix *-no-.
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