a suffix with the same meaning and properties as -an; -ian is now the more productive of the two suffixes in recent coinages, especially when the base noun ends in a consonant: Orwellian; Washingtonian.
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Origin of -ian
extracted from L loanwords in which -ānus -an is joined to stems ending in i
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British Dictionary definitions for -ian
a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian
Word Origin for -ian
from Latin -iānus
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Word Origin and History for -ian
variant of suffix -an used with stem endings in -i, from Latin -ianus (-anus). In Middle English, frequently -ien, from words borrowed via French.
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