- from; of (used in French, Spanish, and Portuguese personal names, originally to indicate place of origin): Comte de Rochambeau; Don Ricardo de Aragón.
Origin of de
- Delaware (approved especially for use with zip code).
- destroyer escort.
D & E
or D and E
- dilation and extraction.
- dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei): de' Medici.
Origin of de-
- Doctor of Engineering.
- driver education.
Examples from the Web for de
The band was still on its way back as De Blasio and his wife departed.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Yet even after the funeral protest, de Blasio was booed and heckled while addressing a new class of recruits as well.We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
The ceremony ended with a singing of “God Bless America,” with some of those in the stands as well as de Blasio singing along.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
On Monday, de Blasio called for a temporary halt to protests until after the funerals of the two slain officers.Trayvon Martin’s Family Rejects ‘Dead Cops’ Marchers
December 24, 2014
After the shooting, the police literally turned their backs on de Blasio during a press conference.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Where shall I find a quiet church where I may say his De profundis in peace?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
De Lord had been with them in six troubles, and he would not desert them in de seventh.
You said, 'We hadn't got nothin' to eat in de house,' and what did I say to you?
"De Lawd will provide" was her motto, and He never failed her.
De Lord A'mighty 'd come and frightened 'em all out of de waters.
De, before a vowel d' or before a vowel D'
- of; from: occurring as part of some personal names and originally indicating place of originSimon de Montfort; D'Arcy; de la Mare
- (formerly in Britain) Department of Employment
- removal of or from something specifieddeforest; dethrone
- reversal of somethingdecode; decompose; desegregate
- departure fromdecamp
Word Origin and History for de
Latin adverb and preposition of separation in space, meaning "down from, off, away from," and figuratively "concerning, by reason of, according to;" from PIE demonstrative stem *de- (see to).
active word-forming element in English and in many words inherited from French and Latin, from Latin de "down, down from, from, off; concerning" (see de), also used as a prefix in Latin usually meaning "down, off, away, from among, down from," but also "down to the bottom, totally" hence "completely" (intensive or completive), which is its sense in many English words. As a Latin prefix it also had the function of undoing or reversing a verb's action, and hence it came to be used as a pure privative -- "not, do the opposite of, undo" -- which is its primary function as a living prefix in English, as in defrost (1895), defuse (1943), etc. Cf. also dis-.
D & E
- dilation and evacuation
- Do or make the opposite of; reverse:decomposition.
- Remove or remove from:deoxygenation.
- Reduce; degrade:decholesterolization.