Definition of -ance in English:

-ance

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns:

    1. 1.1 Denoting a quality or state or an instance of one:
      ‘allegiance’
      ‘extravagance’
      ‘perseverance’
    2. 1.2 Denoting an action:
      ‘appearance’
      ‘utterance’

Origin

From French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia (from present participial stems -ant-, -ent-).

Pronunciation

-ance

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