Meaning of -an in English:

-an

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives and nouns from names of places.

    • ‘Cuban’
    1. 1.1Forming adjectives and nouns from names of systems.
      • ‘Anglican’
    2. 1.2Forming adjectives and nouns from names of zoological classes or orders.
      • ‘crustacean’
    3. 1.3Forming adjectives and nouns from names of founders or leaders.
      • ‘Lutheran’
  • 2Chemistry
    Forming names of organic compounds, chiefly polysaccharides.

    • ‘dextran’

Origin

From Latin -anus, -ana, -anum.

Pronunciation

-an

/(?)n/ /an/