[ duh; French duh; Spanish de; Portuguese di ]
/ də; French də; Spanish dɛ; Portuguese dɪ /
from; of (used in French, Spanish, and Portuguese personal names, originally to indicate place of origin): Comte de Rochambeau; Don Ricardo de Aragón.
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Question 1 of 10
Origin of de
<French, Spanish, Portuguese <Latin dē
Definition for de (2 of 5)
[ duh; Italian de ]
/ də; Italian dɛ /
dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei): de' Medici.
Definition for de (3 of 5)
Delaware (approved especially for use with zip code).
Definition for de (4 of 5)
Origin of de-
Middle English <Latin dē-, prefixal use of dē (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words, <French <Latin dē- or dis-dis-1
Definition for de (5 of 5)
Doctor of Engineering.
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British Dictionary definitions for de (1 of 4)
De, before a vowel d' or before a vowel D'
/ (də) /
of; from: occurring as part of some personal names and originally indicating place of originSimon de Montfort; D'Arcy; de la Mare
Word Origin for de
from Latin dē; see de-
British Dictionary definitions for de (2 of 4)
the internet domain name for
British Dictionary definitions for de (3 of 4)
(formerly in Britain) Department of Employment
British Dictionary definitions for de (4 of 4)
prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
removal of or from something specifieddeforest; dethrone
reversal of somethingdecode; decompose; desegregate
Word Origin for de-
from Latin, from dē (prep) from, away from, out of, etc. In compound words of Latin origin, de- also means away, away from (decease); down (degrade); reversal (detect); removal (defoliate); and is used intensively (devote) and pejoratively (detest)
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Medical definitions for de
Do or make the opposite of; reverse:decomposition.
Remove or remove from:deoxygenation.
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