a suffix forming nouns which refer to domain (kingdom), collection of persons (officialdom), rank or station (earldom), or general condition (freedom).

Words nearby -dom

Origin of -dom

Middle English; Old English -dōm; cognate with Old Norse -dōmr, German -tum; see doom
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British Dictionary definitions for -dom


suffix forming nouns

state or conditionfreedom; martyrdom
rank or officeearldom
domainkingdom; Christendom
a collection of personsofficialdom

Word Origin for -dom

Old English -dōm
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