-essa

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin -issa.

Suffix[edit]

-essa f

  1. -ess (female)

Usage notes[edit]

This suffix is non-productive in modern Catalan, with either the usual feminine termination -a being employed, or the noun having a single form for both genders.

Derived terms[edit]


Italian[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-essa

  1. -ess

Usage notes[edit]

  • Mostly used to form the feminine of animate nouns. e.g. barone => baronessa
  • Sometimes used ironically or in a disparaging manner. e.g. medico => medichessa