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Words that end in ary

-ary

suffix

  1. Of or relating to: bacillary.
  2. One that relates to or is connected with: boundary.

Origin of -ary

Middle English -arie from Old French from Latin -ārius adj. and n. suff

of or pertaining to or affecting both the heart and the lungs and their functions

plenipotentiary
a diplomat with full powers to take action or make decisions

complimentary
expressing praise and admiration

unparliamentary
so rude and abusive as to be unsuitable for parliament

quatercentenary
the 400th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

interplanetary
between or among planets

undersecretary
a secretary immediately subordinate to the head of a department of government

stagflationary
characteristic of or promoting stagflation

consuetudinary
a manual describing the customs of a particular group

extraordinary
highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

revolutionary
markedly new or introducing radical change

complementary
acting as a part that completes another part

discretionary
having the ability to act according to your own judgment

geostationary
of or having a geosynchronous orbit such that the position in such an orbit is fixed with respect to the earth

confectionary
a confectioner’s shop

genitourinary
of or related to the genital and urinary organs or their functions

supernumerary
more than is needed, desired, or required

quincentenary
the 500th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

integumentary
of or relating to the integument

supplementary
functioning in a supporting capacity

contemporary
occurring in the same period of time

intermediary
a negotiator who acts as a link between parties

paramilitary
of or relating to a group of civilians organized to function like or to assist a military unit

constabulary
the force of policemen and officers

penitentiary
a correctional institution for those convicted of crimes

reversionary
of or relating to or involving a reversion

tercentenary
the 300th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

eleemosynary
generous in assistance to the poor

distributary
a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it

valetudinary
of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian

recessionary
of or pertaining to a recession

dextrorotary
rotating to the right

voluntary
of your own free will or design

abolitionary
relating to or favoring abolition, especially abolition of slavery

evolutionary
relating to the development of a species

arbitrary
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

preliminary
preceding or in preparation for something more important

anniversary
the date on which an event occurred in some previous year

unnecessary
not needed

documentary
a film presenting the facts about a person or event

beneficiary
the recipient of funds or other advantages

involuntary
not subject to the control of the will

rudimentary
being in the earliest stages of development

reactionary
extremely conservative

sedimentary
formed by or containing the accumulation of deposited matter

functionary
a worker who holds or is invested with an office

bicentenary
the 200th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

intercalary
having a day or month inserted to make the calendar year correspond to the solar year: “Feb. 29 is an intercalary day”

antiphonary
bound collection of antiphons

extemporary
with little or no preparation or forethought

subliterary
not written as or intended to be literature

caravansary
an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans

superlunary
situated beyond the moon or its orbit around the earth

bimillenary
the 2000th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

literary
relating to or characteristic of creative writing

military
the armed forces of a nation

subsidiary
functioning in a supporting capacity

commentary
a written explanation or criticism or illustration

elementary
of or being the essential or basic part

dictionary
a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words

vocabulary
a language user’s knowledge of words

veterinary
of or relating to veterinarians or veterinary medicine

cautionary
serving to warn

stationary
not capable of being moved

missionary
someone sent on an assignment to a foreign country

depositary
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

incendiary
capable of causing fires or catching fire spontaneously

quaternary
consisting of or especially arranged in sets of four

apothecary
a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs

commissary
a retail store that sells equipment and provisions

dispensary
clinic where medicine and medical supplies are distributed

epistolary
written in the form of letters or correspondence

sanitary
free from filth and pathogens

alimentary
of or providing nourishment

insanitary
not sanitary or healthful

sanguinary
accompanied by bloodshed

prebendary
a canon who receives a prebend for serving the church

fritillary
butterfly with brownish wings marked with black and silver

voluptuary
displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses

capitulary
of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical chapter

carpellary
belonging to or forming or containing carpels

levorotary
rotating to the left

necessary
absolutely essential

secretary
an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work

secondary
being of second rank or importance or value

temporary
not permanent; not lasting

customary
commonly used or practiced

legendary
so celebrated as to having taken on the nature of a myth

visionary
a person with unusual powers of foresight

ancillary
furnishing added support

sanctuary
a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

imaginary
not based on fact; unreal

fiduciary
relating to or of the nature of a legal trust

exemplary
worthy of imitation

judiciary
the system of law courts that administer justice

auxiliary
furnishing added support

pulmonary
relating to or affecting the lungs

itinerary
an established line of travel or access

planet
a celestial body that revolves around the sun

adversary
someone who offers opposition

infirmary
a health facility where patients receive treatment

corollary
an inference following from the proof of another proposition

centenary
the 100th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

capillary
a minute blood vessel connecting arterioles with venules

sedentary
requiring sitting or little activity

pecuniary
relating to or involving money

mercenary
a person hired to fight for another country than their own

tributary
a branch that flows into the main stream

pituitary
of or relating to the pituitary gland

maxillary
of or relating to the upper jaw

reliquary
a container where religious relics are stored or displayed

dignitary
an important or influential person

sumptuary
regulating or controlling expenditure or personal behavior

cassowary
large black flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea having a horny head crest

bacillary
relating to or produced by or containing bacilli

antiquary
an expert or collector of antiquities

legionary
a soldier who is a member of a legion

dromedary
one-humped camel of the hot deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia

sublunary
situated between the earth and the moon

syllabary
a writing system whose characters represent syllables

millenary
relating to or consisting of 1000

septenary
the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one

janissary
a loyal supporter

decennary
a period of 10 years

formicary
a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest

overweary
tire excessively

armillary
of or relating to bracelets

papillary
of or relating to or resembling papilla

columbary
a birdhouse for pigeons

medullary
containing or consisting of or resembling bone marrow

ampullary
of or related to an ampulla

scapulary
garment consisting of a long wide piece of woolen cloth worn over the shoulders with an opening for the head; part of a monastic habit

accessary
someone who helps another person commit a crime

ordinary
lacking special distinction, rank, or status

monetary
relating to or involving money

contrary
exact opposition

boundary
the line indicating the limit or extent of something

coronary
surrounding the heart like a crown

honorary
given as an award without the normal duties

rosemary
widely cultivated for its fragrant grey-green leaves used in cooking and in perfumery

solitary
not growing or living in groups or colonies

burglary
entering a building unlawfully intending to commit a felony

tertiary
coming third in position

culinary
of or relating to or used in cooking

glossary
an alphabetical list of technical terms in a field

mortuary
a building where bodies are kept before burial or cremation

obituary
a notice of someone’s death

seminary
a school for training ministers or priests or rabbis

salutary
tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

quandary
state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

emissary
someone sent on a mission to represent another’s interests

funeral
a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated

luminary
a celebrity who is an inspiration to others

axillary
of or relating to the axil

lapidary
relating to precious stones or the art of working with them

bestiary
a medieval book with descriptions of real and fabled animals

vinegary
tasting or smelling like vinegar

breviary
(Roman Catholic Church) a book of prayers to be recited daily certain priests and members of religious orders

catenary
the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points

tutelary
providing protective supervision

vestiary
relating to clothing (especially vestments)

vicenary
of or relating to or based on 20

costmary
tansy-scented Eurasian perennial herb with buttonlike yellow flowers; used as potherb or salad green and sometimes for potpourri or tea or flavoring; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum

octonary
the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one

cinerary
containing or used for ashes of the cremated dead

calamary
(Italian cuisine) squid prepared as food

basilary
of or relating to or located at the base

primary
of first rank or importance or value

library
depository containing books and other materials for reading

summary
a brief statement that presents the main points

dietary
a regulated daily food allowance

urinary
of or relating to the urinary system of the body

unitary
having the indivisible character of a unit

plenary
full in all respects

estuary
the wide part of a river where it nears the sea

actuary
someone versed in the interpretation of numerical data

granary
a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed

mammary
of or relating to the milk-giving gland of the female

ternary
having three units or components or elements

topiary
making decorative shapes by trimming shrubs or trees

ciliary
of or relating to cilia projecting from the surface of a cell

bursary
the treasury of a public institution or religious order

beggary
the state of being a beggar or mendicant

ossuary
any receptacle for the burial of human bones

pessary
a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix

peccary
nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South America

hymnary
a songbook containing a collection of hymns

piscary
a workplace where fish are caught and processed and sold

weary
physically and mentally fatigued

nectary
a gland that secretes nectar

sectary
a member of a sect

ostiary
the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church

laniary
of or relating to a pointed conical tooth

jaggary
unrefined brown sugar made from palm sap

calvary
any experience that causes intense suffering

salary
fixed payment for services

binary
of or pertaining to a number system having 2 as its base

rotary
describing or moving in a circle

canary
any of several small Old World finches

dreary
lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise

rosary
a string of beads used in counting prayers

sugary
containing sugar

unwary
not alert to danger or deception

notary
someone empowered to certify a document’s validity

bleary
tired to the point of exhaustion

aviary
a building where birds are kept

friary
a monastery of friars

votary
a priest or priestess in a non-Christian religion or cult

vagary
an unexpected and inexplicable change in something

apiary
a shed containing a number of beehives

aweary
physically and mentally fatigued

denary
numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten

horary
relating to the hours

zonary
relating to or of the nature of a zone

briary
having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

diary
a daily written record of experiences and observations

scary
provoking fear or terror

ovary
(vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone

clary
aromatic herb of southern Europe

teary
with eyes full of tears

hoary
having gray or white hair as with age

chary
characterized by great caution

alary
having or resembling wings

unary
consisting of or involving a single element or component

glary
shining intensely

deary
a special loved one

vary
become different in some particular way

wary
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

nary
colloquial for ‘not a’ or ‘not one’ or ‘never a’

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