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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 .
Origin
extracted from L loanwords in which -ānus -an is joined to stems ending in i
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British Dictionary definitions for -ian

-an

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
Word Origin
from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives

-ian

suffix
1.
a variant of -an Etonian, Johnsonian
Word Origin
from Latin -iānus
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Word Origin and History for -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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