- any; anyone.
- none, not any; nary.
Origin of ary
- a suffix occurring originally in loanwords from Classical and Medieval Latin, on adjectives (elementary; honorary; stationary; tributary), personal nouns (actuary; notary; secretary), or nouns denoting objects, especially receptacles or places (library; rosary; glossary). The suffix has the general sense “pertaining to, connected with” the referent named by the base; it is productive in English, sometimes with the additional senses “contributing to,” “for the purpose of,” and usually forming adjectives: complimentary; visionary; revolutionary; inflationary.
Origin of -ary
Examples from the Web for ary
Contemporary Examples of ary
The name was first reported Friday by ARY, a private Pakistani TV channel.Osama bin Laden Dead: Latest Updates, Photos, Video
The Daily Beast
May 9, 2011
Historical Examples of ary
You never kin tell how ary one of 'em 'll ack under any succumstances.Southern Lights and Shadows
Ary, you believe that you love them in God, but it is God you love in them.Balthasar
I think you're the most like husband of ary individdiwal I ever see, Mr. Crane.
To u$ it i$ a very important matter—it'$ nece$$ary in our bu$me$$.Jokes For All Occasions
She's got more ambition an' gumption than ary young one I ever knowed.The Brass Bound Box
- (forming adjectives) of; related to; belonging tocautionary; rudimentary
- (forming nouns)
- a person connected with or engaged inmissionary
- a thing relating to; a place forcommentary; aviary
Word Origin for -ary
adjective and noun suffix, in most cases from Latin -arius, -aria, -arium "connected with, pertaining to; the man engaged in," from PIE relational adjective suffix *-yo- "of or belonging to." It appears in words borrowed from Latin in Middle English. In later borrowings from Latin to French, it became -aire and passed into Middle English as -arie, subsequently -ary.