WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
-ance, suffix. 
  • -ance is attached to some adjectives ending in -ant to form nouns with the meaning "quality or state of'': brilliant + -ance → brilliance.
  • -ance is also attached to some verb roots to form nouns: appear + -ance → appearance;
    + -ance → resemblance. See -ant, -ence.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    a suffix used to form nouns either from adjectives in -ant or from verbs:brilliance; appearance.
    Etymology:Middle English Old French Latin -antia -ancy, equivalent. to -ant- -ant + -ia -y3

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    -ance, -ancy suffix forming nouns
    1. indicating an action, state or condition, or quality: hindrance, tenancy, resemblance
    Etymology: via Old French from Latin -antia; see -ancy

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