-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.

Nearby words

  1. -hydric,
  2. -i,
  3. -i-,
  4. -ia,
  5. -ial,
  6. -iana,
  7. -iasis,
  8. -iatric,
  9. -iatrics,
  10. -iatry

Origin of -ian

extracted from L loanwords in which -ānus -an is joined to stems ending in i

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for -ian

-ian

suffix

a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian

Word Origin for -ian

from Latin -iānus

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for -ian

-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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper