- 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.