-an

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-ans
1) SUFFIX -an is added to the names of some places in order to form adjectives or nouns that refer to people or things which come from that place.

The Australian foreign minister...

Any San Franciscan can tell where he is just by taking his bearing from the city's hills and bridges.

2) SUFFIX -an is added to the names of famous people to form adjectives or nouns that refer to people or things which are connected with or typical of that person's work or the time at which they lived.

...a great Shakespearean actor.

...a fascinating exhibition of fine Victorian furniture.

...a tradition perfected by the Elizabethans.


English dictionary. 2008.

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