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a suffix of adjectives of Greek or Latin origin, meaning “of or pertaining to,” “of the nature of,” “made of,” “like”: asinine; crystalline; equine; marine.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Origin of -ine1
<Latin -īnus, -inus<Greek -inos
Other definitions for -ine (2 of 2)
a suffix, of no assignable meaning, appearing in nouns of Greek, Latin, or French origin: doctrine; famine; routine.
a noun suffix used particularly in chemical terms (bromine; chlorine), and especially in names of basic substances (amine; aniline; caffeine; quinine; quinoline).Compare -in2.
a suffix of feminine nouns (heroine), given names (Clementine), and titles (landgravine).
Origin of -ine2
<French <Latin -ina, originally feminine of -inus; also representing Greek -inē, feminine noun suffix
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How to use -ine in a sentence
There are distinct indications that a similar outfit was fairly common in Ine's time, and that its value was much the same.
So wisliche wite ou in our blod letunge : and holde ou ine swuche reste .
Lauerd 65 78 he cwe a. Nu ic e bidde for ine kinedome for ine engles.
Iuliane e eadie onswerede him seide as eo at ine godd hire hope hefde.
Maximian e modi keiser ine Rome heinde ant heriende heene mawmez.
British Dictionary definitions for -ine (1 of 3)
/ (ˈɪnə, ˈɪnɪ) /
died after 726, king of Wessex (688–726)
British Dictionary definitions for -ine (2 of 3)
suffix forming adjectives
of, relating to, or belonging tosaturnine
consisting of or resemblingcrystalline
Word Origin for -ine
from Latin -īnus, from Greek -inos
British Dictionary definitions for -ine (3 of 3)
suffix forming nouns
indicating a halogenchlorine
indicating a nitrogenous organic compound, including amino acids, alkaloids, and certain other basesalanine; nicotine; purine
Also: -in indicating a chemical substance in certain nonsystematic namesglycerine
indicating a mixture of hydrocarbonsbenzine
indicating a feminine formheroine
an obsolete equivalent of -yne
Word Origin for -ine
via French from Latin -ina (from -inus) and Greek -inē
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