meaning of -ory

-ory meaning in Etymology Dictionary

adjective and noun suffix, "having to do with, characterized by, tending to, place for," from center English -orie, from Old North French -ory, -orie (Old French -oir, -oire), from Latin -orius, -oria, -orium. Latin adjectives in -orius, based on "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," tended to "indicate a quality right to the activity accomplished by the agent; as oratorius from orator; laudatorius from laudator. The neuter of the adjectives ended up being early utilized as a substantive, and often denoted the area of residence of broker or perhaps the instrument which he utilizes; as praetorium from praetor; dormitorium from dormitor; auditorium, dolatorium. "These more recent terms, currently frequent underneath the Empire, became exceedingly numerous at a later time, especially in ecclesiastical and scholastic Latin; as purgatorium, refectorium, laboratorium, observatorium, &c." [transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]


-ory meaning in General Dictionary

An adjective suffix concept of or related to, providing for; like in auditory, with respect to or offering for reading; prohibitory, amendatory, etc.

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  • A noun suffix denoting whatever concerns, or acts for; as with ambulatory, what serves for walking; consistory, factory, etc.

-ory meaning in General Dictionary

An adjective suffix concept of or related to, serving for; as with auditory, regarding or serving for reading; prohibitory, amendatory, etc.

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  • A noun suffix denoting what concerns, or serves for; such as ambulatory, what acts for walking; consistory, factory, etc.