a male given name, Scottish form of John.
Other definitions for -ian (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use Ian in a sentence
Ian could get totally destroyed if he plays like himself — or he could win a lot of games and win the match if he plays like himself.
Local police have charged one student with misdemeanor assault, but Ian’s mother says she doesn’t know how to keep him safe.
Ian was in a phase one study, where he was given the highest dose Moderna was testing.
Judy, Ian’s mother, participated in a phase three trial, despite the fact that her partner was skeptical of vaccination.
Ian parameterized the two tangent points by the angles they made within the circle — 𝜃2 and 𝜃3 in the diagram below — and then calculated the area of the remaining top right quarter-square after both cuts were made.
Yes, the original Bond, as imagined by Ian Fleming, was obviously white.
The medical record, from an Ebola case, made for grim reading, but Dr. Ian Crozier could not put it down.
He went on to thank his family, his gallerist, distributor, and paid tribute to artist Ian White.
Oh, and that his profile on Twitter and his name elsewhere say “Ian Miles Cheong” whereas mine says “Arthur Chu.”Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up | Arthur Chu | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Update: Ian Sams, a spokesman for the DNC, has informed me that the airbone creature was, a Cliff Hawk.
"Headmen" they have, leaders of various degrees of authority, but no Vich Ian Vohr, no semi-sacred representative of the tribe.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 | Andrew Lang
Ophid′Ian, Ophid′ious, pertaining to serpents: having the nature of a serpent.
Sheumais must wait till Ian Macarthur came back again, which might be any day now.Great Ghost Stories | Various
She was at Ranza-Mr, and when a shadow came into the dairy where she was standing she looked up, and saw Ian before her.Great Ghost Stories | Various
Before the great venture began Sir Ian Hamilton had to throw the enemy off the scent.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10) | James Edward Parrott
British Dictionary definitions for -ian
a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian
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