variant of the adjective-forming suffix -al1, joined to words in which an l precedes the suffix: circular; lunar; singular.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -ar1
< Latin -āris; replacing Middle English -er < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin -āris
Definition for -ar (2 of 3)
variant of -er2, often under the influence of a spelling with -ar- in a cognate Latin noun: burglar; cellar; collar; mortar; poplar; scholar; vicar; vinegar.
Definition for -ar (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for -ar
suffix forming adjectives
of; belonging to; likelinear; polar; minuscular
Word Origin for -ar
via Old French -er from Latin -āris, replacing -ālis (-al 1) after stems ending in l
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