-ance


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

Nearby words

  1. -amic,
  2. -amide,
  3. -amine,
  4. -an,
  5. -ana,
  6. -ancy,
  7. -and,
  8. -androus,
  9. -andry,
  10. -ane

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

-ance

-ancy

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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Word Origin and History for -ance

-ance

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