[ad_1] adjective Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. any; anyone.
  2. none, not any; nary.

  1. a suffix occurring originally in loanwords from Classical and Medieval Latin, on adjectives (elementary; honorary; stationary; tributary), personal nouns (actuary; notary; secretary), or nouns denoting objects, especially receptacles or places (library; rosary; glossary). The suffix has the general sense “pertaining to, connected with” the referent named by the base; it is productive in English, sometimes with the additional senses “contributing to,” “for the purpose of,” and usually forming adjectives: complimentary; visionary; revolutionary; inflationary.


  1. (forming adjectives) of; related to; belonging tocautionary; rudimentary
  2. (forming nouns)
    1. a person connected with or engaged inmissionary
    2. a thing relating to; a place forcommentary; aviary

adjective and noun suffix, in most cases from Latin -arius, -aria, -arium “connected with, pertaining to; the man engaged in,” from PIE relational adjective suffix *-yo- “of or belonging to.” It appears in words borrowed from Latin in Middle English. In later borrowings from Latin to French, it became -aire and passed into Middle English as -arie, subsequently -ary.


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