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a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, originally diminutive nouns, and later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin or in New Latin coinages: article;conventicle;corpuscle;particle.
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Origin of -cle

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From French, Old French, from 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

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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 -cle

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<French, Old French <Latin -culum, -cula<*-tlom,*-tlā
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British Dictionary definitions for -cle

-cle

suffix forming nouns
indicating smallnesscubicle; particle

Word Origin for -cle

via Old French from Latin -culus. See -cule
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