from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Of, relating to, or characterized by: advisory.
  • suffix A place or thing used for or connected with: crematory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffix An adjective suffix meaning of or pertaining to, serving for; as in auditory, pertaining to or serving for hearing; prohibitory, amendatory, etc.
  • suffix A noun suffix denoting that which pertains to, or serves for; as in ambulatory, that which serves for walking; consistory, factory, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bearing or containing ore: as, ory matters. Also spelled orey.
  • A termination of adjectives and nouns of Latin origin, as in auditory, preparatory, etc.


Middle English -orie, from Old North French and Anglo-Norman, from Latin -ōrius, adj. suff., and -ōrium, n. suff.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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