- off cvb aff. use a personal noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French, where it forms feminine nouns corresponding to masculine nouns ending in -en (comedienne, doyenne); on this model, of very limited productivity in English, forming distinctively feminine nouns from words ending in-an: equestrienne[/ex]•usage: The English words that end in -enne do not usu. carry an implication of inferiority. Many people, however, prefer to drop the feminine forms and to use the masculine terms for all. See also -ess, -ette, -trix .
From formal English to slang. 2014.