de: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (du Fr. du Sp. de Port. di), [key]
— prep.
  1. from; of (used in French, Spanish, and Portuguese personal names, originally to indicate place of origin): Comte de Rochambeau; Don Ricardo de Aragón.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (decide); also used to indicate privation, removal, and separation (dehumidify), negation (demerit; derange), descent (degrade; deduce), reversal (detract), intensity (decompound). Cf. di-,.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Delaware (approved esp. for use with zip code).
  2. destroyer escort.


Pronunciation: (, [key]
— prep.
  1. dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei): de' Medici.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Doctor of Engineering.
  2. driver education.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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