-aio

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See also: aio, AIO, and aîó

Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin -ārium, accusative singular of -ārius. Compare the borrowed doublet -ario, as well as -iere, borrowed from (Old) French. Example: Italian operaio, from Latin operārius.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈa.jo/, [ˈäːjo]
  • Hyphenation: -à‧io

Suffix[edit]

-aio m (plural -ai, feminine -aia)

  1. Added to nouns to form agent nouns.
    forno (oven) + ‎-aio → ‎fornaio (baker)
    pecora (sheep) + ‎-aio → ‎pecoraio (shepherd)
    macello (slaughterhouse) + ‎-aio → ‎macellaio (butcher)
  2. Added to nouns to form nouns of mass or collection.
    formica (ant) + ‎-aio → ‎formicaio (anthill)
    ghiaccio (ice) + ‎-aio → ‎ghiacciaio (iceberg)
    letame (dung) + ‎-aio → ‎letamaio (dunghill)

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