Meaning of -ITE in English



suffix forming nouns meaning 'a person or thing connected with':

1. in names of persons: a as natives of a country (Israelite). b often derog. as followers of a movement etc. (pre-Raphaelite; Trotskyite).

2 in names of things: a fossil organisms (ammonite). b minerals (graphite). c constituent parts of a body or organ (somite). d explosives (dynamite). e commercial products (ebonite; vulcanite). f salts of acids having names in - ous (nitrite; sulphite).

Etymology: from or after F -ite f. L -ita f. Gk -ites 2.


1. forming adjectives (erudite; favourite).

2 forming nouns (appetite).

3 forming verbs (expedite; unite).

Etymology: from or after L -itus past part. of verbs in -ere, -ere, and -ire

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.