Nearby words

  1. seleucia,
  2. seleucid,
  3. seleucidan,
  4. seleucus,
  5. seleucus i,
  6. self-,
  7. self-abandoned,
  8. self-abandonment,
  9. self-abasement,
  10. self-abnegation

Origin of self

before 900; Middle English; Old English self, selfa; cognate with Dutch zelf, German selb-, Old Norse sjalfr, Gothic silba Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for selfed

  • When this, the normal mode of fertilisation, takes place, the flower is said to be selfed.

    Mendelism|Reginald Crundall Punnett

British Dictionary definitions for selfed


noun plural selves (sɛlvz)

the distinct individuality or identity of a person or thing
a person's usual or typical bodily make-up or personal characteristicsshe looked her old self again
good self or good selves rare a polite way of referring to or addressing a person (or persons), used following your, his, her, or their
one's own welfare or interestshe only thinks of self
an individual's consciousness of his own identity or being
the self philosophy that which is essential to an individual, esp the mind or soul in Cartesian metaphysics; the ego
a bird, animal, etc, that is a single colour throughout, esp a self-coloured pigeon


not standard myself, yourself, etcseats for self and wife


of the same colour or materiala dress with a self belt See also self-coloured
obsolete the same

Word Origin for self

Old English seolf; related to Old Norse sjālfr, Gothic silba, Old High German selb

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Word Origin and History for selfed


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Medicine definitions for selfed



n. pl. selves (sĕlz)

The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual.
One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego.
That which the immune system identifies as belonging to the body.

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