- -ese [ēz, ēs][OFr -eis, It -ese < L -ensis] suffix1. forming adjectivesa) of a country or place [Javanese]b) in the language or dialect of [Cantonese]c) in the style of [Carlylese]2. forming nounsa) a person born or living in [Portuguese]b) the language or dialect of [Brooklynese]c) the style of or the jargon associated with: often used jocularly or derogatorily to form nonce words [journalese]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.