◌ָן ᴵ suff. forming abstract nouns, as in בִּנֽיָן (= construction, building), מִנְיָן (= number), עִנְיָן (= occupation, affair, business). [This suff. occurs in all Sem. languages. It forms before all verbal nouns, but also agential nouns, diminutives and adjectives; see ◌ָן ᴵᴵ. In Heb. it mostly appears in the form ◌וֹן (q.v.). The few Heb. words ending in ◌ָן belong to a later period or are borrowed from Aramaic.]