American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A grammatical ending; an inflection.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ending; close; termination; specifically, in grammar, the termination or formative or inflectional suffix of a word.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Termination; ending.
- French désinence, from Medieval Latin dēsinentia, from Latin dēsinēns, dēsinent-, present participle of dēsinere, to come to an end : dē-, off; see de- + sinere, to leave. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What really matters is the ending (the “desinence”) of the elements.”
“There are not that many desinences, it is actually the null desinence which makes the nouns to expose a variety of endings.”
“While in English, German, French and other Romance languages the determination (definite or indefinite) occurs by placing an element beforehand, the Nordic languages add a desinence to the noun: the house, das Haus, la maison, la casa, huset (indefinite form: hus).”
“The desinence -ê'ïos has been given an entry of its her? own, with what are actually the definition and examples of the whole word "parthenê'ïos", which in turn does have an entry in Slater's Lexicon to Pindar.”
“Conservation must, therefore, be the rule, and desinence the impossible exception.”
“The desinence - kut'qin in these tribal names means inhabitants of (as well as 'tenne in other Déné denominations) and not men, as American ethnologists have freely stated.”
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