Meaning of AN in English


Variant: or -ian also -ean

Function: noun suffix

Etymology: -an & -ian from Middle English -an, -ian, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French -ien, from Latin -ianus, from -i- + -anus, from -anus, adjective suffix; -ean from such words as Mediterranean, European

1 : one that is of or relating to <Americ an >

2 : one skilled in or specializing in <phonetic ian >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.