Main definitions of -ite in English

: -ite1-ite2

-ite1

suffix

  • 1Forming names denoting natives of a country.

    ‘Israelite’
    1. 1.1derogatory Denoting followers of a movement, doctrine, etc.
      ‘Luddite’
      ‘Thatcherite’
  • 2Used in scientific and technical terms.

    1. 2.1Forming names of fossil organisms.
      ‘ammonite’
    2. 2.2Forming names of minerals.
      ‘graphite’
    3. 2.3Forming names of constituent parts of a body or organ.
      ‘somite’
    4. 2.4Forming names of explosives and other commercial products.
      ‘dynamite’
      ‘vulcanite’
    5. 2.5Chemistry Forming names of salts or esters of acids ending in -ous.
      ‘sulphite’

Origin

From French -ite, via Latin -ita from Greek ītes.

Pronunciation

-ite

/ʌɪt/

Main definitions of -ite in English

: -ite1-ite2

-ite2

Pronunciation /ʌɪt/ /ɪt/

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives such as composite, erudite.

  • 2Forming nouns such as appetite.

  • 3Forming verbs such as unite.

Origin

From Latin -itus, past participle of verbs ending in -ere and -ire.

Pronunciation

-ite

/ʌɪt/ /ɪt/