-esse

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See also: esse and Esse

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch -esse, borrowed from Northern Old French -esse, from Latin -issa (as in abbatissa).[1]

Suffix[edit]

-esse

  1. Creates the female form of persons or occupations (secretarissecretaresse), as English -ess

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A. van Loey, "Schönfeld's Historische Grammatica van het Nederlands", Zutphen, 8. druk, 1970, ISBN 90-03-21170-1; § 180

French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin -itiam, the accusative of -itia.

Suffix[edit]

-esse

  1. used to form nouns describing the condition of being something (-ness, -ity, etc.)
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Late Latin -issa.

Suffix[edit]

-esse

  1. -ess (female form)
Derived terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]

Italian[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-esse

  1. Suffix forming the third-person singular imperfect subjunctive of -ere verbs.

Middle French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-esse

  1. -ess (used to form feminine nouns from masculine ones)