-ian


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

-ian

suffix

a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian

Word Origin for -ian

from Latin -iānus
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