-ean

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See also: ean, Ean, EAN, -eán, éan, and ἐάν

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -ānus, following Latin stems ending in -e(us), -ē(us) (many from Ancient Greek -ηιος), or -æ(us) (many from Ancient Greek -αιος).

Suffix[edit]

-ean

  1. Forms adjectives, usually from proper nouns.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Almost all English words ending in "ean" are originally from Latin (Caesarean) or Greek (Euclidean). A few were later formed by adding -an to a stem or word ending in -ea (Korean), -es (Andean), or a silent -e (Boolean).

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