-an
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 <
American
>
<
Bostonian
>
2. one skilled in or specializing in <
phonetician
>
II. adjective suffix or -ian; also -ean 1. of or belonging to <
American
>
<
Floridian
>
2. characteristic of ; resembling <
Mozartean
>
III. noun suffix Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary -an, -ane, alteration of -ene, -ine, & -one 1. unsaturated organic compound <
furan
>
2. anhydride of a carbohydrate <
dextran
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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