[des-uh-nuh ns]

Origin of desinence

1590–1600; < French < Medieval Latin dēsinentia, equivalent to Latin dēsinent- (stem of dēsinēns), present participle of dēsinere to put down, leave (dē- de- + sinere to leave) + -ia -ia; see -ence
Related formsdes·i·nent, des·i·nen·tial [des-uh-nen-shuh l] /ˌdɛs əˈnɛn ʃəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for desinence

Historical Examples of desinence

  • Conservation must, therefore, be the rule, and desinence the impossible exception.

  • Unquestionably the incomers from Brabant and Flanders, whether as troopers or artisans, gave a great impulse to the desinence.

British Dictionary definitions for desinence


  1. grammar an ending or termination, esp an inflectional ending of a word
Derived Formsdesinent or desinential (ˌdɛsɪˈnɛnʃəl), adjective

Word Origin for desinence

C16: from French désinence, from Latin dēsinēns ending, from dēsinere to leave off, from de- + sinere to leave, permit
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