Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A grammatical ending; an inflection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Ending; close; termination; specifically, in grammar, the termination or formative or inflectional suffix of a word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Termination; ending.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun linguistics A suffix used as an inflection; an ending

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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  • Does "giant" mean bigger or less immense?

    By context you have to guess the sense -

    A marketing label

    Is wholly unstable

    And shuns the assistance of desinence.

    February 21, 2015