cvb aff. 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[/ex]
Etymology: ME -arie < L -ārius, -a, -um; E personal nouns reflect -ārius, objects and places -ārium or -āria

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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