-ean


an element used to form adjectives from nouns ending in -ea: crustacean.

Nearby words

  1. -dom,
  2. -drome,
  3. -dromous,
  4. -ea,
  5. -eae,
  6. -ectasia,
  7. -ectomy,
  8. -ed,
  9. -ee,
  10. -een

Origin of -ean

< Latin -ē(us) (Greek -eios), -ae(us) (Greek -aios), -e(us) + -an

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for -ean

-ean

suffix forming adjectives

a variant of -an Caesarean
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for -ean

-ean

variant of -an after names ending in -ea, -es, -eus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper