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ESE

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-ese

a suffix forming adjectival derivatives of placenames, especially countries or cities; frequently used nominally to denote the inhabitants of the place or their language: Faroese; Japanese; Vietnamese; Viennese. By analogy with such language names, -ese occurs in coinages denoting in a disparaging, often facetious way a characteristic jargon, style, or accent: Brooklynese; bureaucratese; journalese; computerese.

Origin of -ese

First recorded in 1895–1900; probably originally from Italian -ese, later representing Spanish, Portuguese -es, French -ais, -ois, all from Latin -ēnsem “pertaining to, originating in”; see -ensis
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British Dictionary definitions for ESE (1 of 2)

ESE

symbol for
east-southeast

British Dictionary definitions for ESE (2 of 2)

-ese

suffix forming adjectives, suffix forming nouns
indicating place of origin, language, or styleCantonese; Japanese; journalese
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