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  1. a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French, where it originally formed diminutives, now often with a derivative sense in which the diminutive force is lost (bagatelle; prunelle; rondelle); also in Anglicized forms of Latin words ending in -ella (organelle).

Origin of -elle

< French < Latin -ella, feminine of -ellus, forming diminutives corresponding to stems ending in -ul- -ule, -r- (see castellum), -n- (see patella)
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  • Her only attempt in larger form is the operetta "Elle et Lui."

  • On the margin of this picture is written, "Elle m'aimera toujours."

    In Chteau Land</p>

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton

  • Elle put her arms around her neck, and her mouth to her ear.

    Alone

    Marion Harland

  • The seal to this letter was a sunflower—Elle vous suit partout.

    Byron

    Richard Edgcumbe

  • Elle l'a lien voulu, and if you're married you're married; it's the smoke—or call it the soot!

    The Awkward Age

    Henry James


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