a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “apart”: seduce; select.

Nearby words

  1. sds,
  2. sdsl,
  3. se,
  4. se defendendo,
  5. se tenant,
  6. se-tenant,
  7. sea,
  8. sea anchor,
  9. sea anemone,
  10. sea aster

Origin of se-

< Latin sē(d) (preposition), sē- (prefix) without, apart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for se-


word-forming element, from Latin se-, collateral form of sed- "without, apart, aside, on one's own," related to sed, Latin reflexive pronoun (accusative and ablative), from PIE *sed-, extended form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (cf. German sich; see idiom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper