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-ory

noun suffix

Simple Definition of -ory

  • : a place for

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of -ory

  1. 1 :  place of or for <observatory>

  2. 2 :  something that serves for <crematory>

Origin and Etymology of -ory

Latin -orium, from neuter of -orius, adjective suffix


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-ory

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -ory

  • : of, relating to, or doing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of -ory

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characterized by <gustatory>

  2. 2 :  serving for, producing, or maintaining <justificatory>

Origin and Etymology of -ory

Middle English -orie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin -orius


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