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1. Of or relating to: bacillary.
2. One that relates to or is connected with: boundary.
[Middle English -arie, from Old French, from Latin -ārius, adj. and n. suff.]
1. (forming adjectives) of; related to; belonging to: cautionary; rudimentary.
2. (forming nouns)
a. a person connected with or engaged in: missionary.
b. a thing relating to; a place for: commentary; aviary.
[from Latin -ārius, -āria, -ārium]
a suffix with the general sense “pertaining to, connected with” the referent named by the base, occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin, as adjectives (elementary; honorary), personal nouns (secretary), or nouns denoting objects, esp. receptacles or places (library; glossary); in English it sometimes has the additional senses “contributing to,” “for the purpose of,” usu. forming adjectives: complimentary; inflationary.
[Middle English -arie < Latin -ārius, -a, -um; E personal nouns reflect -ārius, objects and places -ārium or -āria]