-ian

-ian

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 .

Origin:
extracted from L loanwords in which -ānus -an is joined to stems ending in i

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-an, -ean or -ian
 
suffix
1.  (forming adjectives and nouns) belonging to or relating to; a person belonging to or coming from: European
2.  (forming adjectives and nouns) typical of or resembling; a person typical of: Elizabethan
3.  (forming adjectives and nouns) adhering to or following; an adherent of: Christian
4.  (forming nouns) a person who specializes or is expert in: dietitian; phonetician
 
[from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives]
 
-ean, -ean or -ian
 
suffix
 
[from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives]
 
-ian, -ean or -ian
 
suffix
 
[from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives]

-ian
 
suffix
a variant of -an : Etonian; Johnsonian
 
[from Latin -iānus]

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