Etymology
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Words related to -al

tidal (adj.)

"of, pertaining to, or cause by tides or a tide," 1807, a hybrid formation from tide (n.) + Latin-derived suffix -al (1). A tidal wave (1819) properly is high water caused by movements of the tides; its use for "great ocean inundation caused by an earthquake, etc." is recorded by 1868. This now tends to be called a tsunami.

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tonal (adj.)

1776; from tone (n.) in the musical sense + -al (1), or from Medieval Latin tonalis.

tonsorial (adj.)

"pertaining to barbers," 1765, from -al (1) + Latin tonsorius "of or pertaining to shearing or shaving," from tonsor "a shaver, barber, shearer, clipper," from tonsus, past participle of tondere "to shear, shave, clip, crop," from PIE *tend-, from root *tem- "to cut." Generally used in an attempt at humor. Tonsorious in the same sense is attested from 1650s.

topical (adj.)

1580s, "pertaining to a place;" see topic + -al (1). Medical sense "applied to a particular part of the body" is from c. 1600. Meaning "of or pertaining to topics of the day" is from 1873. Related: Topically.

traditional (adj.)

1590s, "observing traditions;" c. 1600, "handed down as tradition," from tradition + -al (1). In reference to jazz, from 1950. Related: Traditionally; traditionalist.

There is no hope in returning to a traditional faith after it has once been abandoned, since the essential condition in the holder of a traditional faith is that he should not know he is a traditionalist. [Al Ghazali]
transitional (adj.)

1810, from transition + -al (1). Related: Transitionally.

tribal (adj.)

1630s, "pertaining to or characteristic of tribes," from tribe + -al (1). Meaning "characterized by a strong sense of loyalty to one's group" is from 1951 (Arendt). As a style of belly-dance from 1999, American English. Related: Tribally.

triennial (adj.)

1630s, "lasting three years;" 1640s, "occurring every three years," with -al (1) + Latin triennium "three-year period," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + annus "year" (see annual (adj.)). For vowel change, see biennial. As a noun, 1630s. Related: Triennially.

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