a suffix typically forming mass or abstract nouns from various parts of speech, occurring originally in loanwords from French (voyage; courage) and productive in English with the meanings “aggregate” (coinage; peerage; trackage), “process” (coverage; breakage), “the outcome of” as either “the fact of” or “the physical effect or remains of” (seepage; wreckage; spoilage), “place of living or business” (parsonage; brokerage), “social standing or relationship” (bondage; marriage; patronage), and “quantity, measure, or charge” (footage; shortage; tonnage; towage).
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Origin of -age
Middle English < Old French < Latin -āticum, neuter of -āticus adj. suffix; an extension of Latin -āta -ate1, whose range of senses it reflects closely
Words nearby -age
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British Dictionary definitions for -age
suffix forming nouns
indicating a collection, set, or groupacreage; baggage
indicating a process or action or the result of an actionhaulage; passage; breakage
indicating a state, condition, or relationshipbondage; parentage
indicating a house or placeorphanage
indicating a charge or feepostage
indicating a ratedosage; mileage
Word Origin for -age
from Old French, from Late Latin -āticum, noun suffix, neuter of -āticus, adjectival suffix, from -ātus -ate 1 + -icus -ic
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