Meaning of -ine
- a suffix of adjectives of Greek or Latin origin, meaning “of or pertaining to,” “of the nature of,” “made of,” “like”:Cf. -in. asinine; crystalline; equine; marine.
- a suffix, of no assignable meaning, appearing in nouns of Greek, Latin, or French origin: doctrine; famine; routine.
- a noun suffix used particularly in chemical terms (bromine; chlorine), and esp. in names of basic substances (amine; aniline; caffeine; quinine; quinoline). Cf. -in.
- a suffix of feminine nouns (heroine), given names (Clementine), and titles (landgravine). Cf. -ina.