Definition of -ese in English:

-ese

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives and nouns denoting an inhabitant or language of a country or city.

    • ‘Japanese’
    • ‘Maltese’
    • ‘Viennese’
  • 2derogatory (especially with reference to language) forming adjectives and nouns denoting character or style.

    ‘journalese’
    ‘officialese’

Origin

From Old French -eis, based on Latin -ensis.

Pronunciation

-ese

/iːz/