- a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “apart”: seduce; select.
Origin of se-
Word Origin and History for se-
word-forming element, from Latin se-, collateral form of sed- "without, apart, aside, on one's own," related to sed, Latin reflexive pronoun (accusative and ablative), from PIE *sed-, extended form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (cf. German sich; see idiom).