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-ary

noun suffix \ US usually ˌer-ē or ˌe-rē when an unstressed syllable precedes , ə-rē or when a stressed syllable precedes ; British usually ə-rē or in all cases \

Definition of -ary

1 :thing belonging to or connected with; especially :place of
  • ovary
2 :person belonging to, connected with, or engaged in
  • functionary

Origin and Etymology of -ary

Middle English -arie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French -aire, -arie, from Latin -arius, -aria, -arium, from -arius, adjective suffix


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-ary

adjective suffix

Definition of -ary

:of, relating to, or connected with
  • budgetary

Origin and Etymology of -ary

Middle English -arie, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French -aire, from Latin -arius


-ARY Defined for English Language Learners

-ary

noun suffix

Definition of -ary for English Language Learners

  • : thing or person belonging to or connected with


-ary

adjective suffix

Definition of -ary for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or connected with


-ARY Defined for Kids

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-ary

noun suffix \ ˌer-ē , ə-rē \

Definition of -ary for Students

plural -aries
:thing or person belonging to or connected with
  • boundary

2

-ary

adjective suffix

Definition of -ary for Students

:of, relating to, or connected with
  • legendary

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