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Ian

[ ee-uhn, ee-ahn, ahy-uhn ]
/ ˈi ən, ˈi ɑn, ˈaɪ ən /
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noun

a male given name, Scottish form of John.

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Definition for Ian (2 of 2)

-ian

a suffix with the same meaning and properties as -an, though-ian is now the more productive of the two suffixes in recent coinages, especially when the base noun ends in a consonant: Orwellian; Washingtonian.

Origin of -ian

Extracted from Latin loanwords in which -ānus (adjective suffix) is joined to stems ending in i; see -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Ian

-ian

suffix

a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian

Word Origin for -ian

from Latin -iānus
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