Definition of donnée in English:

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Pronunciation: /däˈnā/
(also donné)


1A subject or theme of a narrative.
Example sentences
  • The writer is granted ‘his subject, his idea, his donnée ’.
  • Your poems are intensely private and confessional, if that's the word, and yet at the same time they are written as if to deny readers access to the donnée or actual ‘situation’ giving rise to the poem.
  • But, even if the play is based on too many draconian données, it has its own chill gallows humour.
2A basic fact or assumption.


Late 19th century: French, literally 'given'.

Words that rhyme with donnée

cloisonné, Dubonnet, Monet

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Syllabification: don·née

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