[ duh; French duh; Spanish de; Portuguese di ]

  1. 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

From French, Portuguese, Spanish, from Latin

Other definitions for de' (2 of 5)

[ duh; Italian de ]

  1. dei (used in Italian names as an elided form of dei): de' Medici.

Other definitions for DE (3 of 5)


  1. Delaware (approved especially for use with zip code).

Other definitions for de- (4 of 5)


  1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (decide); also used to indicate privation, removal, and separation (dehumidify), negation (demerit; derange), descent (degrade; deduce), reversal (detract), intensity (decompound).: Compare di-2, dis-1.

Origin of de-

Middle English <Latin dē-, prefixal use of (preposition) from, away from, of, out of; in some words, <French <Latin dē- or dis-dis-1

Other definitions for D.E. (5 of 5)


  1. Doctor of Engineering.

  2. driver education. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use de in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for de (1 of 4)


De, before a vowel d' or before a vowel D'

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  1. of; from: occurring as part of some personal names and originally indicating place of origin: Simon de Montfort; D'Arcy; de la Mare

Origin of de

from Latin dē; see de-

British Dictionary definitions for de (2 of 4)


the internet domain name for
  1. Germany

British Dictionary definitions for DE (3 of 4)


abbreviation for
  1. (formerly in Britain) Department of Employment

  2. Delaware

British Dictionary definitions for de- (4 of 4)


prefix forming verbs and verbal derivatives
  1. removal of or from something specified: deforest; dethrone

  2. reversal of something: decode; decompose; desegregate

  1. departure from: decamp

Origin of de-

from Latin, from (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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