Meaning of -ESE in English


-ese /iːz/ BrE AmE suffix

[ Language: Portuguese ; Origin: -es and Italian -ese , from Latin -ensis ]

1 . [in nouns] the people or language of a particular country or place:

the Viennese (=people from Vienna)

l’m learning Japanese (=the language of Japan) .

2 . [in adjectives] belonging to a particular country or place:

Chinese music

3 . [in nouns] informal language or words used by a particular group, especially when it sounds ugly or is difficult to understand:

journalese (=language used in newspapers)

officialese (=language used in official or legal writing)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.