Main definitions of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a1

suffix

  • 1Forming:

    1. 1.1 Ancient or Latinized modern names of animals and plants:
      ‘primula’
    2. 1.2 Names of oxides:
      ‘baryta’
    3. 1.3 Geographical names:
      ‘Africa’
    4. 1.4 Ancient or Latinized modern feminine forenames:
      ‘Lydia’
    5. 1.5 Nouns from Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish:
      ‘duenna’
      ‘stanza’

Origin

Representing a Greek, Latin, or Romance feminine singular.

Pronunciation:

-a

/ə/

Main definitions of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a2

suffix

  • 1Forming plural nouns:

    1. 1.1 From Greek or Latin neuter plurals corresponding to a singular in -um or -on (such as addenda, phenomena).
    2. 1.2 In names (often from modern Latin) of zoological groups:
      ‘Insectivora’

Pronunciation:

-a

/ə/

Main definitions of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a3

suffix

informal
  • 1Of:

    ‘coupla’
  • 2Have:

    ‘mighta’
  • 3To:

    ‘oughta’

Origin

Representing a casual pronunciation.

Pronunciation:

-a

/ə/