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[ee-uh n, ee-ahn, ahy-uh n] /ˈi ən, ˈi ɑn, ˈaɪ ən/
a male given name, Scottish form of John.


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 of -ian
extracted from L loanwords in which -ānus -an is joined to stems ending in i Unabridged
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  • They were very close, and when Ian was home they did practically everything together.
  • Ian often took alex around the world to educate him about other cultures.
  • For further cases of remembering information from past lives, see Ian stevenson.
  • Ian farmer is the station manager, the boss of the local studios.
  • However, it is still unclear whether the father of the baby is mike or Ian.
British Dictionary definitions for Ian


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

masc. proper name, Scottish form of John.


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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