a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, originally diminutive nouns, and later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin or in Neo-Latin coinages: article; conventicle; corpuscle; particle.
Origin of -cle1
< French, Old French < Latin -culus, -cula, -culum, variant of -ulus -ule with nouns of the 3rd, 4th and 5th declensions, usually with the same gender as the base noun
Definition for -cle (2 of 2)
a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin; in Latin, this suffix formed from verbs nouns that denoted a place appropriate to the action of the verb (cubicle, receptacle) or a means by which the action is performed (vehicle).
Origin of -cle2
< French, Old French < Latin -culum, -cula < *-tlom, *-tlā
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British Dictionary definitions for -cle
suffix forming nouns
indicating smallnesscubicle; particle
Word Origin for -cle
via Old French from Latin -culus. See -cule
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