a suffix occurring in loanwords from French, forming feminine nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -eur: chanteuse.

Nearby words

  1. -etic,
  2. -ette,
  3. -eum,
  4. -eur,
  5. -eus,
  6. -ey,
  7. -facient,
  8. -favoured,
  9. -fer,
  10. -ferous

Origin of -euse

< French < Latin -ōsa, feminine of -ōsus -ose1 (> French -eux); taken as feminine of -eur when this suffix had lost its final consonant (later restored) and was homonymous with -eux (hence, masculine -eu(r), feminine -euse, by analogy with -eux, -euse)

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