aff. a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, usu. diminutives, and later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin or in New Latin coinages:areole; centriole; vacuole[/ex]•Etymology: < F < L -olus, -ola, -olum, var. of -ulus -ule with stems ending in a vowel II-ole or -ol IIchem. aff. a suffix used in the names of chemical compounds, esp. five-membered, unsaturated rings (carbazole; indole; thiazole) and, less systematically, aromatic ethers (phenetole)•Etymology: < F < L oleum oil
From formal English to slang. 2014.