[ ee-uhn, ee-ahn, ahy-uhn ]

  1. a male given name, Scottish form of John.

Other definitions for -ian (2 of 2)


  1. a suffix with the same meaning and properties as -an, though-ian is now the more productive of the two suffixes in recent coinages, especially when the base noun ends in a consonant: Orwellian; Washingtonian.

Origin of -ian

Extracted from Latin loanwords in which -ānus (adjective suffix) is joined to stems ending in i; see -an

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British Dictionary definitions for -ian


  1. a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian

Origin of -ian

from Latin -iānus

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