[ yoo-nee ]
/ ˈyu ni /
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a uniformed police officer; uniform: A uni phoned in the burglary at 2:19 this morning.
British and Australian. university: Tony and Marc are both off to uni in two weeks.
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Origin of uni
First recorded in 1895–1900; by shortening
Other definitions for uni (2 of 2)
a combining form occurring in loanwords from Latin (universe), used, with the meaning “one,” in the formation of compound words (unicycle).
Origin of uni-
<Latin ūni- combining form of ūnus one; see -i-
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How to use uni in a sentence
Rapport addressé au Gouvernement des États-Unis (Paris, 1892), p. 17.
After we know all the news of the day, it is still pleasant to read the bulletin of the "Courrier des Etats Unis."Woman in the Nineteenth Century|Margaret Fuller Ossoli
They were content to remain des unis, in M. Rod's phrase, and their union was celebrated by a few weeks of riotous living.Our House|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Naturae leges et regulae, secundum quas omnia fiunt et ex unis formis in alias mutantur, sunt ubique et semper eadem.
Leaping to their feet they shouted, "Vivent les Etats Unis!"The Story of General Pershing|Everett T. (Everett Titsworth) Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for uni (1 of 2)
/ (ˈjuːnɪ) /
informal short for university
British Dictionary definitions for uni (2 of 2)
consisting of, relating to, or having only oneunilateral; unisexual
Word Origin for uni-
from Latin ūnus one
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