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-ory

noun suffix

Definition of -ory

1 :place of or for
  • observatory
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 :of, relating to, or characterized by
  • gustatory
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


-ORY Defined for Kids

1

-ory

noun suffix

Definition of -ory for Students

plural -ories
:place of or for
  • observatory

2

-ory

adjective suffix

Definition of -ory for Students

:of, relating to, or associated with
  • sensory

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