a suffix used to form nouns either from adjectives in -ant or from verbs: brilliance; appearance.

Words nearby -ance

Origin of -ance

Middle English < Old French < Latin -antia -ancy, equivalent to -ant- -ant + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -ance



suffix forming nouns

indicating an action, state or condition, or qualityhindrance; tenancy; resemblance Compare -ence

Word Origin for -ance

via Old French from Latin -antia; see -ancy
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