1. a mark, as or , used to indicate matter to be deleted.

Origin of dele

1695–1705; < Latin dēlē (2nd person singular imperative of dēlēre), equivalent to dēl- destroy + imperative ending Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for deled


noun plural deles
  1. a sign (δ) indicating that typeset matter is to be deletedCompare stet
verb deles, deleing or deled
  1. (tr) to mark (matter to be deleted) with a dele

Word Origin for dele

C18: from Latin: delete (imperative), from dēlēre to destroy, obliterate; see delete
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Word Origin and History for deled


typographer's direction to blot out a letter, from Latin dele, imperative singular of delere (see delete).

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