-cen

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See also: cen, cen-, cén, cēn, and -cén

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From canō (I sing”, “I play [a musical instrument]).

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-cen m (genitive -cinis); third declension

  1. appended to the names of musical instruments, forming agent nouns denoting the players thereof
    cicūticen, citharicen, cornicen, fidicen, liticen, lyricen, tībīcen, tubicen
  2. (in a weakened sense) appended to various parts of speech, forming nouns denoting musicians or “singers” of whatever kind (human or not)
    oscen, psalmicen, siticen

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative -cen -cinēs
Genitive -cinis -cinum
Dative -cinī -cinibus
Accusative -cinem -cinēs
Ablative -cine -cinibus
Vocative -cen -cinēs

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Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *-ikīną, *-ukīną, equivalent to -uc + -en. More at -kin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ċen

  1. suffix forming diminutives from nouns, often displaying i-mutation
    tynċen(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    tiċċen(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    þyrnċen(please add an English translation of this usage example)

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: -chen; -kin, -ken (partially, especially in names)