[doo, dyoo; French dy]

(in names of French derivation) a contraction of de and the article le: Joachim du Bellay.


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Contemporary Examples of du

Historical Examples of du

  • The king is at the tent of the brave Du Guesclin, where he will sup to night.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Men cannot slip out of du--out of quarrels as they may out of coats.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • But Du Dsi Tschun was ashamed and did not want to accept his help.

  • But Du Dsi Tschun remained unmoved, so the giant went off raging.

  • It is for this reason that he had placed Du Dsi Tschun in his debt by means of kindness.

British Dictionary definitions for du


abbreviation for

depleted uranium


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