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DU British & World English

Depleted uranium

DU in Dobson unit British & World English

A unit of measurement for the total amount of ozone in the atmosphere above a point on the earth’s surface, one Dobson unit being equivalent to a layer of pure ozone 0.01 mm thick at standard temperature and pressure

Dobson unit British & World English

A unit of measurement for the total amount of ozone in the atmosphere above a point on the earth’s surface, one Dobson unit being equivalent to a layer of pure ozone 0.01 mm thick at standard temperature and pressure

Fond du Lac British & World English

An industrial and commercial city in southeastern Wisconsin, on Lake Winnebago; population 42,025 (est. 2008)

Du Fu British & World English

Variant of Tu Fu.

du jour British & World English

Used to describe something that is enjoying great but probably short-lived popularity or publicity

plat du jour British & World English

A dish specially prepared by a restaurant on a particular day, in addition to the usual menu

bonheur du jour British & World English

A small writing table, usually fitted to hold toiletries, popular in 18th-century France

Doyenne du Comice British & World English

Fuller term for Comice.

du Pont, E. I. British & World English

(1771–1834), US industrialist; born in France; full name Éleuthère Irénée du Pont. His gunpowder manufacturing plant near Wilmington, Delaware, established in 1802, grew into a corporate giant, due largely to the government contracts that ensured its early success, especially during the War of 1812

du Pré, Jacqueline British & World English

(1945–87), English cellist. She made her solo debut at the age of 16 and became famous for her interpretations of cello concertos. Her performing career was halted in 1972 by multiple sclerosis

Du Barry, Comtesse British & World English

(1743–93), French courtier and mistress of Louis XV; born Marie Jeanne Bécu; known as Madame Du Barry. During the French Revolution she was arrested by the Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined

du Maurier, George British & World English

(1834–96), French-born novelist, cartoonist, and illustrator; full name George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier. He is chiefly remembered for his novel Trilby (1894), which included the character Svengali and gave rise to the word Svengali for a person with a hypnotic influence on another

merveille du jour British & World English

A European moth with greyish-green coloration that camouflages it when at rest on lichen-covered bark

Du Vigneaud, Vincent British & World English

(1901–78), American biochemist. He studied vitamins and hormones, especially insulin, methionine, and biotin. He isolated and synthesized oxytocin and vasopressin, for which he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1955

Du Bois, W. E. B. British & World English

(1868–1963), American writer, sociologist, and political activist; full name William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He was an important figure in campaigning for equality for black Americans and co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909

Bayard, Pierre du Terrail British & World English

Chevalier de (1473–1524), French soldier. He became known as the knight ‘sans peur et sans reproche’ (fearless and above reproach)

du Maurier, Dame Daphne British & World English

(1907–89), English novelist, granddaughter of George du Maurier. Many of her popular novels and period romances are set in the West Country of England, where she spent most of her life. Notable works: Jamaica Inn (1936) and Rebecca (1938)

Tu Fu British & World English

(Ad 712–70), Chinese poet. He is noted for his bitter satirical poems attacking social injustice and corruption at court

Du Fu in Tu Fu British & World English

(Ad 712–70), Chinese poet. He is noted for his bitter satirical poems attacking social injustice and corruption at court

affaire British & World English

A love affair

vin de pays British & World English

French wine produced in a particular area and meeting certain standards of quality, superior to vin de table

vin du pays in vin de pays British & World English

French wine produced in a particular area and meeting certain standards of quality, superior to vin de table

plats du jour in plat du jour British & World English

A dish specially prepared by a restaurant on a particular day, in addition to the usual menu

bonheurs du jour in bonheur du jour British & World English

A small writing table, usually fitted to hold toiletries, popular in 18th-century France

Madame Du Barry in Du Barry, Comtesse British & World English

(1743–93), French courtier and mistress of Louis XV; born Marie Jeanne Bécu; known as Madame Du Barry. During the French Revolution she was arrested by the Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined

Madame du Barry in Trianon British & World English

Either of two small palaces in the great park at Versailles in France. The larger was built by Louis XIV in 1687; the smaller, built by Louis XV 1762-8, was used first by his mistress Madame du Barry (1743–93) and afterwards by Marie Antoinette

Richelieu, Duc de British & World English

(1585–1642), French cardinal and statesman; born Armand Jean du Plessis; known as Cardinal Richelieu. As chief minister of Louis XIII (1624–42) he dominated French government. In 1635 he established the Académie française

Monts du Charollais in Charolais British & World English

An animal of a breed of large white beef cattle

Armand Jean du Plessis in Richelieu, Duc de British & World English

(1585–1642), French cardinal and statesman; born Armand Jean du Plessis; known as Cardinal Richelieu. As chief minister of Louis XIII (1624–42) he dominated French government. In 1635 he established the Académie française

Éleuthère Irénée du Pont in du Pont, E. I. British & World English

(1771–1834), US industrialist; born in France; full name Éleuthère Irénée du Pont. His gunpowder manufacturing plant near Wilmington, Delaware, established in 1802, grew into a corporate giant, due largely to the government contracts that ensured its early success, especially during the War of 1812

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois in Du Bois, W. E. B. British & World English

(1868–1963), American writer, sociologist, and political activist; full name William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He was an important figure in campaigning for equality for black Americans and co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909

Lafayette, Marquis de British & World English

(1757–1834), French soldier and statesman; born Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier. He fought alongside the American colonists in the War of Independence and commanded the National Guard (1789–91) in the French Revolution

George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier in du Maurier, George British & World English

(1834–96), French-born novelist, cartoonist, and illustrator; full name George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier. He is chiefly remembered for his novel Trilby (1894), which included the character Svengali and gave rise to the word Svengali for a person with a hypnotic influence on another

Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier in Lafayette, Marquis de British & World English

(1757–1834), French soldier and statesman; born Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier. He fought alongside the American colonists in the War of Independence and commanded the National Guard (1789–91) in the French Revolution

Du New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

usu. capitalized as prefix to a non-anglicized proper name, unless part of a title

DU English-Spanish

UE masculine

du Pré New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Jacqueline (1945–87), English cellist

Du Bois New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, W(illiam) E(dward) B(urghardt) (1868–1963), American writer and political activist

du jour New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

enjoying great but probably short-lived popularity

Du Pont New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

family of US industrialists

Du Barry New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Marie Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse (1743–93), French mistress of Louis XV

du Maurier New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Dame Daphne (1907–89), English novelist

vin de pays New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

French wine of a particular locality and quality


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