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variant of the adjective-forming suffix -al1 , joined to words in which an l precedes the suffix: circular; lunar; singular .
Origin of -ar1
< Latin -āris; replacing Middle English -er < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin -āris


variant of -er2 , often under the influence of a spelling with -ar- in a cognate Latin noun:
burglar; cellar; collar; mortar; poplar; scholar; vicar; vinegar.


variant of -er1. on the model of -ar2 , used in the formation of nouns of agency: liar; beggar . Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ar


of; belonging to; like: linear, polar, minuscular
Word Origin
via Old French -er from Latin -āris, replacing -ālis (-al1) after stems ending in l
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Word Origin and History for -ar

word-formation element meaning "pertaining to, of the nature of," from Latin -arem, -aris "of the kind of, belonging to," a secondary form of -alis, dissimilated for used after syllables with an -l- (e.g. insularis for *insulalis, stellaris for *stellalis).

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