a noun suffix, common in words taken from French, as in baggage, language, savage, voyage, etc., now a common English formative, forming:

1. collective nouns from names of things, as in fruitage, leafage.
2. nouns denoting condition, rank, service, fee, etc., from personal terms, as in bondage, parsonage.
3. nouns expressing various relations, from verbs, as in breakage, cleavage.
4. nouns denoting an amount or charge, as in postage, corkage.
{Old French, from Latin -āticum}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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