a suffix meaning:

1. `belonging to', `relating to', `adhering to', and commonly expressing connection with a place, person, leader, class, order, sect, system, doctrine, or the like, serving to form adjectives, many of which are also used as nouns, as Australian, Christian, Elizabethan, republican, and hence serving to form other nouns of the same type, as historian, theologian.
2. Zoology `relating to a certain class of organisms', as in mammalian.
{Latin -ānus; replacing Middle English -ain, -en, from Old French}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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