[das, dahs]

noun, plural das·es, das·ses.

Origin of das

< Afrikaans; compare Dutch, Middle Dutch das badger, cognate with German Dachs; compare Norwegian svintoks



adverb, noun Russian.



noun, plural DAs, DA's.

a male hairstyle, especially of the 1950s, in which the hair is slicked back on both sides to overlap at the back of the head.

Origin of DA

euphemistic abbreviation of duck's ass
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Examples from the Web for das

Contemporary Examples of das

  • In two days of savagery, the 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich” slaughtered nearly everyone in the town.

  • At 50 years old, Das found himself asking, “Is this all there was to life?”

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    This Week's Hot Reads

    The Daily Beast

    December 8, 2010

  • The Sun took great offense and printed the headline, "Kaiser Sticks Das Boot In."

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    World Cup Primer

    Joshua Robinson

    June 12, 2010

  • Das Abendessen (The Dinner) depicts a banquet, where women are the food, at a rooftop restaurant in a Düsseldorf art museum.

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    The Art of Voyeurism

    Paul Laster

    April 22, 2010

  • Anyone familiar with submarine movies like The Hunt for Red October or Das Boot knows what follows when the sub sinks too deep.

Historical Examples of das

  • I tried to get Tom to come away, but he wouldn't, and I dasn't budge by myself.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Contains a discussion (pp. 46-51) of Mller's Das Bischoftum.

  • There is no pretension whatever to any critical study of "Das Kapital" itself.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • The President called him to the das and gave him the embrace of brotherhood.

    The Gods are Athirst

    Anatole France

  • Now the slayers came on, shouting and clambering upon the das.

    The World's Desire

    H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for das


abbreviation for

(in the US) District Attorney
Diploma of Art
duck's arse (hairstyle)
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das in Medicine



developmental age
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