Definition 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

/(ə)n/ /an/