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nef

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noun
  1. a silver or gold table furnishing in the form of a ship, either for holding various utensils or for ornament.

Origin of nef

1680–90; < French: ship < Latin nāvis. See nave
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Examples from the Web for nef

Historical Examples

  • The "nef," or model of a ship, was of frequent use as an article of table plate.

    Jewellery

    H. Clifford Smith,

  • The "nef" jewel, of which we have spoken, was also a favourite one.

    Jewellery

    H. Clifford Smith,

  • Et cum li hom qui erent en la mer (nef) eurent ueu le miracle .

  • Many of the best-known collections contain examples of these "nef" or "navette" pendants.

    Jewellery

    H. Clifford Smith,

  • Nephalism, nef′a-lizm, n. total abstinence from alcoholic drinks.