demi-


a combining form appearing in loanwords from French meaning “half” (demilune), “lesser” (demitasse), or sometimes used with a pejorative sense (demimonde); on this model, also prefixed to words of English origin (demigod).

Origin of demi-

< French, combining form representing demi (adj.; also noun and adv.) < Vulgar Latin *dīmedius, for Latin dīmidius half, equivalent to dī- di-2 + medius middle
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British Dictionary definitions for demi-

demi-

prefix

halfdemirelief Compare hemi-, semi- (def. 1)
of less than full size, status, or rankdemigod

Word Origin for demi-

via French from Medieval Latin dīmedius, from Latin dīmīdius half, from dis- apart + medius middle
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Medicine definitions for demi-

demi-

pref.

Half:demilune.
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