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Ian

[ee-uh n, ee-ahn, ahy-uh n]
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noun
  1. a male given name, Scottish form of John.
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-ian

  1. a suffix with the same meaning and properties as -an; -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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Origin of -ian

extracted from L loanwords in which -ānus -an is joined to stems ending in i
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  • Then she went to her room, and thought of Ian until she fell asleep and dreamed of him.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • And Ian did not disappoint the happy hopes which called him.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Ian remained at his side and they returned to England together.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • She loved Ian with all her heart, she was glad she was going 198 to be always with him.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Now, 250 Ian, a weak, good man is a dangerous type of a bad man.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr


British Dictionary definitions for ian

-ian

suffix
  1. a variant of -an Etonian; Johnsonian
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Word Origin

from Latin -iānus
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Word Origin and History for ian

Ian

masc. proper name, Scottish form of John.

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-ian

variant of suffix -an used with stem endings in -i, from Latin -ianus (-anus). In Middle English, frequently -ien, from words borrowed via French.

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