Definition of -an in English:

-an

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives and nouns, especially from:
  • 1.1Names of places: Cuban
  • 1.2Names of systems: Anglican
  • 1.3Names of zoological classes or orders: crustacean
  • 1.4Names of founders: Lutheran
  • 2 /an/ Chemistry Forming names of organic compounds, chiefly polysaccharides: dextran

Origin

from Latin -anus, -ana, -anum.

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elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody