bef

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See also: BEF, B.E.F., and B. E. F.

Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch beffe (cap, collar), from Old French biffe. Further origin uncertain. Compare German Beffchen.

Noun[edit]

bef f (plural beffen, diminutive befje n)

  1. (archaic) collar
  2. An ornamental pair of bands worn hanging onto the chest, notably as part of formal dress by magistrates, professors and certain Catholic and Protestant clergy
  3. By analogy, certain other objects
  4. Patch on the throat or chest of a different color on cats or dogs
  5. (slang) The female genitalia
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

bef f (plural beffen, diminutive befje n)

  1. A nickname for an unspecified small Dutch coin

Etymology 3[edit]

See etymology on the main entry.

Verb[edit]

bef

  1. first-person singular present indicative of beffen
  2. imperative of beffen

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman boef; ultimately from Latin bovem, accusative of bōs. Doublet of cou.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bef (uncountable)

  1. beef; cow flesh or meat
  2. A bovine or its carcass

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Volapük[edit]

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Noun[edit]

bef (plural befs)

  1. alcove

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