variant of the adjective-forming suffix -al1, joined to words in which an l precedes the suffix: circular; lunar; singular.

Words nearby -ar

Origin of -ar

< 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)


variant of -er1 on the model of -ar2, used in the formation of nouns of agency: liar; beggar.
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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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