Meaning of -AL in English

-AL

I. əl, ə l adjective suffix

Etymology: Middle English -al, -el, from Old French & Latin; Old French -al, -el, from Latin -alis

: of, relating to, or characterized by

direction al

fiction al

hormon al

organization al

spectr al

tid al

II. noun suffix

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English -aille, from Old French, from Latin -alia, neuter plural of -alis

: action or process

bestow al

rehears al

withdraw al

III. ˌal, _əl, ə l; in sense 2 “ or -ˌȯl or -ˌäl noun suffix

( -s )

Etymology: French, from alcool alcohol, from Medieval Latin alcohol

1.

a. : aldehyde

butan al

salicyl al

— compare geneva system

b. : acetal

butyr al

2. : pharmaceutical product

barbit al

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.