Definition for ia (2 of 4)
Definition for ia (3 of 4)
Origin of -ia
Definition for ia (4 of 4)
Examples from the Web for ia
Co -7, IA -7, NH -7, WI-7, VA -5, NV -4, MI -4, FL -3, NC -3, MN -3, OH -2.Various Thoughts: Demography, Rove, Morris, the Great Nate, &c.|Michael Tomasky|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Acher'ia, the fox, went partnership with a bear in a bowl of: milk.
Cryptad′ia, things to be kept secret; Cryptol′ogy, secret language; Cryp′tonym, a secret name.
Indeed, even the emperor himself, with his mother Liv'ia, incurred a share of the general suspicion.Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome|Oliver Goldsmith
One lot always end in 'ic,' and the other in 'ia,' and it is so confusing.Hunter's Marjory|Margaret Bruce Clarke
He fancies his sister Monim'ia has lost her honor, and calls her to task, but finds he is mistaken.
British Dictionary definitions for ia (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for ia (2 of 2)
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -ia
Word Origin and History for ia
word-forming element in names of countries, diseases, flowers, from Latin and Greek -ia, which forms abstract nouns of feminine gender. In paraphernalia, Mammalia, etc. it represents the Latin and Greek plural suffix of nouns in -ium or -ion.
Chinese forms country names by adding guo "country" to the stressed syllable of the place name, hence Meiguo "America," from mei, the stressed syllable of America (minus -r-, which does not exist in Chinese). Similarly Yingguo "England," Faguo "France." Continent names are similarly formed, with zhou "continent" (e.g. Meizhou "America (continent)," Feizhou "Africa," Ouzhou "Europe").