-hood

-hood [hood]
[ME -had, -hod < OE had, order, condition, quality, rank, akin to Ger -heit < IE * (s)kāit-, bright, gleaming: basic sense “appearance by which known”] suffix forming nouns
1. state, quality, condition [childhood]
2. the whole group of (a specified class, profession, etc.) [priesthood]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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