[ dey ]

  1. used in French names as a contraction of de and the article les: François des Adrets.

Words Nearby des

Other definitions for DES (2 of 3)



Other definitions for -des (3 of 3)


  1. a plural suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek: proboscides.

Origin of -des

<Greek, nominative plural of d-stem nouns Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use des in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for DES


abbreviation for(in Britain)
  1. Department of Education and Science

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for DES


[ dē′ē-ĕs ]

  1. Short for diethylstilbestrol. A synthetic nonsteroidal substance having estrogenic properties and prescribed between 1938 and 1971 to pregnant women with a history of miscarriage and other problems of pregnancy. It is no longer used due to the incidence of certain vaginal cancers and other disorders in the daughters of women so treated.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.