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

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

NounEdit

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 termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

bef f (plural beffen, diminutive befje n)

  1. a nickname for an unspecified small Dutch coin

Etymology 3Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

VerbEdit

bef

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

Mauritian CreoleEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French boeuf

NounEdit

bef

  1. bull
  2. beef

ReferencesEdit

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

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bef (uncountable)

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

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit


Seychellois CreoleEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French boeuf

NounEdit

bef

  1. bull
  2. beef

ReferencesEdit

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

VolapükEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bef (plural befs)

  1. alcove

DeclensionEdit