[ des-uh-nuh ns ]
/ ˈdɛs ə nəns /


a termination or ending, as the final line of a verse.
Grammar. a termination, ending, or suffix of a word.

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


des·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. 2019

Examples from the Web for desinence

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for desinence

/ (ˈdɛsɪnəns) /


grammar an ending or termination, esp an inflectional ending of a word

Derived forms of desinence

desinent 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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