-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).

Derived terms[edit]



Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *-ěninъ.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ean m, n (feminine singular -eană, masculine plural -eni, feminine and neuter plural -ene)

  1. Forms adjectives and nouns indicating origin or place of birth (such as from a certain city or region), or occasionally nationality.
    Ardeal (Transylvania) + ‎-ean → ‎ardelean (Transylvanian)
    București (Bucharest) + ‎-ean → ‎bucureștean (Bucharestian)

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

-eancă is often used instead of -eană to form feminine nouns.

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