[ 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.

Origin of de

< French, Spanish, Portuguese < Latin

Definition for de (2 of 6)


Delaware (approved especially for use with zip code).
destroyer escort.

Definition for de (3 of 6)

D & E

or D and E

dilation and extraction.

Definition for de (4 of 6)

[ duh; Italian de ]
/ də; Italian dɛ /


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

Definition for de (5 of 6)


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

Definition for de (6 of 6)


Doctor of Engineering.
driver education. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for de

British Dictionary definitions for de (1 of 4)


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

/ () /

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)


abbreviation for

(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
departure fromdecamp

Word Origin for 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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Medical definitions for de (1 of 2)

D & E


dilation and evacuation

Medical definitions for de (2 of 2)



Do or make the opposite of; reverse:decomposition.
Remove or remove from:deoxygenation.
Reduce; degrade:decholesterolization.
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