Meaning of -AN in English


I. noun suffix

or -ian also -ean

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

Boston ian

2. : one skilled in or specializing in

phonetic ian

II. adjective suffix

or -ian also -ean

1. : of or belonging to

Americ an

Florid ian

2. : characteristic of : resembling

Mozart ean

III. noun suffix

Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary -an, -ane, alteration of -ene, -ine, & -one

1. : unsaturated organic compound

fur an

2. : anhydride of a carbohydrate

dextr an

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.