- a male given name, Scottish form of John.
- a suffix with the same meaning and properties as -an; -ian is now the more productive of the two suffixes in recent coinages, especially when the base noun ends in a consonant: Orwellian; Washingtonian.
Origin of -ian
Examples from the Web for ian
Yes, the original Bond, as imagined by Ian Fleming, was obviously white.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
The medical record, from an Ebola case, made for grim reading, but Dr. Ian Crozier could not put it down.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
December 13, 2014
He went on to thank his family, his gallerist, distributor, and paid tribute to artist Ian White.Has the Turner Prize Gone Soft?
December 2, 2014
Oh, and that his profile on Twitter and his name elsewhere say “Ian Miles Cheong” whereas mine says “Arthur Chu.”Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
Update: Ian Sams, a spokesman for the DNC, has informed me that the airbone creature was, a Cliff Hawk.Dems' Unspeakably Lame Bridgegate Stunt
September 8, 2014
So Ian Macrae went into the town and easily found his friend and employer.
Then she went to her room, and thought of Ian until she fell asleep and dreamed of him.
And Ian did not disappoint the happy hopes which called him.
Thou and Ian will take that oath in the holy church of St. Magnus.
All was void and still until she heard the voices of Thora and Ian.
- a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian
Word Origin and History for ian
masc. proper name, Scottish form of John.
variant of suffix -an used with stem endings in -i, from Latin -ianus (-anus). In Middle English, frequently -ien, from words borrowed via French.