What does -dom mean?

-dom meaning in Etymology Dictionary

abstract suffix of state, from Old English dom "statute, view" (see doom (n.)). Already active as a suffix in Old English (like in freodom, wisdom). Cognate with German -tum (Old tall German tuom).


-dom meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix denoting

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  • Jurisdiction or residential property and jurisdiction, dominion, such as kingdom earldom.
  • State, problem, or top-notch being, as with knowledge, freedom.

-dom meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix denoting

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  • Jurisdiction or property and jurisdiction, dominion, as in kingdom earldom.
  • State, problem, or quality of being, as with knowledge, freedom.