-ato etymology

Italian word -ato comes from Latin -atam

Detailed word origin of -ato

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-atam Latin (lat)
-ato Italian (ita) (chemistry, in nouns) a derivative of a specified element or compound; especially a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ico. (in adjectives) having the specified thing. (in adjectives) resembling the specified thing. (in nouns) a rank or office. -ate, specifically:. -hood, -ship. Used with a stem to form the past participle of regular -are verbs.