-ian

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See also: ían, iän, -ían, Ian, and -յան

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin -ānus, which forms adjectives of belonging or origin from a noun.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ian

  1. (as an adjective) From, related to, or like.
  2. (as a noun) One from, belonging to, relating to, or like.
  3. (as a noun) Having a certain profession. (When males with a profession are distinguished from females, males are -ian, females -ienne.)

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *-ijaną

Suffix[edit]

-ian

  1. (verbal suffix) used to form the infinitive of class 1 weak verbs (as well as a few strong verbs also ending in -ian like biddian or liggian, and class 3 weak verbs)
    wekkian "to awake" (class 1 weak verbs)
    seggian "to say" (class 3 weak verbs)