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-ar1

1.
variant of the adjective-forming suffix -al1 , joined to words in which an l precedes the suffix: circular; lunar; singular .
Origin
< Latin -āris; replacing Middle English -er < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin -āris

-ar2

1.
variant of -er2 , often under the influence of a spelling with -ar- in a cognate Latin noun:
burglar; cellar; collar; mortar; poplar; scholar; vicar; vinegar.

-ar3

1.
variant of -er1. on the model of -ar2 , used in the formation of nouns of agency: liar; beggar .
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British Dictionary definitions for -ar

-ar

suffix
1.
of; belonging to; like linear, polar, minuscular
Word Origin
via Old French -er from Latin -āris, replacing -ālis (-al1) after stems ending in l
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