from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A set of literary or artistic principles or assumptions on which a creative work is based: "He worked outward from the donnée toward the expression of some general theme or idea” ( Hugh Honour).
- n. A set of notions, facts, or conditions that governs and shapes an act or a way of life: "His heart, his mind, his body, composed the donnée of his life” ( Louis Auchincloss).
French, from feminine past participle of donner, to give, from Old French, from Latin dōnāre; see donate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)