-elle

aff. a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French, where it orig. formed diminutives, now often with a derivative sense in which the diminutive force is lost (bagatelle; rondelle); also occurring in Anglicized forms of Latin words ending in -ella (organelle)
Etymology: < F < L -ella, fem. of -ellus, forming diminutives

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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