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 History of this Word

History of "cle" is uncertain.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
article
corpuscle
cubicle
receptacle

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-cle" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates "small" or a place where it occurs or means by which it occurs. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-cle illustration Their expertise in the area of particle characterization is both broad and deep.
-cle illustration The design of the basic vehicle would allow it to be utilized to support near-term human expeditions to the Moon.