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-ory

noun suffix

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

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


-ORY Defined for English Language Learners

-ory

noun suffix

Definition of -ory for English Language Learners

  • : a place for

-ory

adjective suffix

Definition of -ory for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or doing


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