- from; of: used in Italian personal names, originally to indicate place of origin: Conte di Savòia.
Origin of di1
Origin of di2
- a female given name, form of Diana.
- Department of the Interior.
- drill instructor.
- a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “two,” “twice,” “double” (diphthong); on this model, freely used in the formation of compound words (dicotyledon; dipolar) and in chemical terms (diatomic; disulfide).
Origin of di-1
- variant of dis-1 before b, d, l, m, n, r, s, v, and sometimes g and j: digest; divide.
- variant of dia- before a vowel: diorama.
Examples from the Web for di
Di Bello described the color-splashed works as “abstract expressionism” with “surrealist” methods.The Tiniest Jackson Pollock
November 5, 2014
Di Giovanni thought “He wrote Spanish while in his ear he heard English.”
The sensible answer is no, but di Giovannni gleaned much from those three years.
When it came to casting Escobar, Di Stefano had to find a strong actor who could embody the brutality of the late kingpin.Gangster in Paradise: Benicio Del Toro Is Pablo Escobar
September 12, 2014
DI made it so that in four years, three-quarters of black students passed the third-grade reading test.Equality Matters More Than Integration in Schools
May 15, 2014
Bad anyway, seeing there was only two di'monds betwixt three men.
And when Tom held up the other di'mond he looked sorrier than ever.
She called him vigliacco—papa, a Panacci, dei Duchi di Vedrano!A Spirit in Prison
Neither of us said anything for a spell, breath bein' scurce as di'monds.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
The inducement of the throne of Naples had been held out to Marchese di Pescara.Italy, the Magic Land
- Defence Intelligence
- Detective Inspector
- Donor Insemination
- twice; two; doubledicotyledon
- containing two specified atoms or groups of atomsdimethyl ether; carbon dioxide
- a nontechnical equivalent of bi- 1 (def. 5c)
- variant of dia- diopter
Word Origin and History for di
word-forming element meaning "two, double, twice," from Greek di-, from dis "twice," related to duo (see two).
word-forming element meaning "apart, asunder," form of dis- before certain voiced consonants.
word-forming element meaning "through; thoroughly," form of dia- before vowels.
- Two; twice; double:dichromatic.
- Containing two atoms, radicals, or groups:diiodide.
- A prefix that means two, twice, or double. It is used commonly in chemistry, as in dioxide, a compound having two oxygen atoms.