a suffix that forms nouns denoting a person characterized by or occupied with that named by the stem, occurring in loanwords from French: concessionaire; doctrinaire; legionnaire; millionaire.

Nearby words

  1. -age,
  2. -agog,
  3. -agogue,
  4. -agra,
  5. -aholic,
  6. -al,
  7. -ales,
  8. -algia,
  9. -algy,
  10. -alis

Origin of -aire

< French < Latin -ārius -ary, a learned doublet of the French suffix -ier -eer, -ier2

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