Definition of -an in English:

-an

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives and nouns, especially from:

    1. 1.1 Names of places:
      ‘Cuban’
    2. 1.2 Names of systems:
      ‘Anglican’
    3. 1.3 Names of zoological classes or orders:
      ‘crustacean’
    4. 1.4 Names of founders:
      ‘Lutheran’
  • 2Chemistry
    Forming names of organic compounds, chiefly polysaccharides:

    ‘dextran’

Origin

From Latin -anus, -ana, -anum.

Pronunciation

-an

/(ə)n/