\ 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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of -ary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or connected with budgetary

History and Etymology for -ary

Noun suffix

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

Adjective suffix

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

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“-ary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ary. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of -ary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thing or person belonging to or connected with

English Language Learners Definition of -ary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or connected with
\ ˌer-ē, ə-rē \
plural -aries

Kids Definition of -ary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thing or person belonging to or connected with boundary

Kids Definition of -ary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or connected with legendary

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