bef

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

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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 over the chest, notably as part of formal dress by magistrates, professors and certain Catholic and Protestant clergy
  3. by analogy, any of certain other similar objects
  4. a patch on the throat or chest of a different color on cats or dogs
  5. (slang) the vulva
Derived terms[edit]

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

Mauritian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French boeuf

Noun[edit]

bef

  1. bull
  2. beef

Reference[edit]

  • Baker, Philip & Hookoomsing, Vinesh Y. 1987. Dictionnaire de créole mauricien. Morisyen – English – Français

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

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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Seychellois Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French boeuf

Noun[edit]

bef

  1. bull
  2. beef

Reference[edit]

  • Danielle D’Offay et Guy Lionnet, Diksyonner Kreol - Franse / Dictionnaire Créole Seychellois - Français

Volapük[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bef (plural befs)

  1. alcove

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