- a silver or gold table furnishing in the form of a ship, either for holding various utensils or for ornament.
Origin of nef
1680–90; < French: ship < Latin nāvis. See nave
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Examples from the Web for nef
The "nef," or model of a ship, was of frequent use as an article of table plate.
The "nef" jewel, of which we have spoken, was also a favourite one.
Et cum li hom qui erent en la mer (nef) eurent ueu le miracle .
Many of the best-known collections contain examples of these "nef" or "navette" pendants.
Nephalism, nef′a-lizm, n. total abstinence from alcoholic drinks.