Main definitions of -ory in English

: -ory1-ory2

-ory1

suffix

  • (forming nouns) denoting a place for a particular function.

    ‘dormitory’
    ‘repository’

Origin

From Latin -oria, -orium, sometimes via Anglo-Norman French -orie, Old French -oire.

Pronunciation:

-ory

/əri/

Main definitions of -ory in English

: -ory1-ory2

-ory2

suffix

  • Forming adjectives (and occasionally nouns) relating to or involving a verbal action.

    ‘compulsory’
    ‘directory’
    ‘mandatory’

Origin

From Latin -orius, sometimes via Anglo-Norman French -ori(e).

Pronunciation:

-ory

/əri/