Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Computer or computer network: e-cash; e-zine. See Usage Note at virtual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • out, out of
  • in an electronic form, usually in association with the internet
  • for emergency purposes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A Latin prefix meaning out, out of, from; also, without. See ex-.

Etymologies

From e-mail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin preposition e variant of ex, out of (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of electronic (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of emergency (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the same way that the "e-" prefix was added to words such as store and bank to designate their online existence, "man" is used to describe the masculine version of inherently feminine objects, says Erin McKean, the founder of Wordnik.com, a website for word enthusiasts.

    Grab Your 'Murse,' Pack a 'Mankini' And Don't Forget the 'Mewelry'

  • U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague today urged the government to release Mousavi and Karrubi, according to an e- mailed statement from the Foreign Office in London.

    Iran Says Opposition Is 'Internal Affair,' rejects criticism

  • The prefix e- stands for electronic and refers to Internet business transactions.

    Essential Guide to Business Style and Usage

  • "During my tenure as attorney general, we investigated and, exactly three years ago today, held hearings that revealed systemic abuse of the federal railroad pension system involving LIRR workers in a practice we termed 'disability by appointment,'" New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an e- mailed statement.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Joris Evers, with Los Gatos, California-based Netflix, didn't immediately respond to an e- mail seeking comment.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • "The president is committed to helping states address their fiscal challenges and has taken significant steps to help states," Nick Papas, a White House spokesman, said in an e- mail.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • "Of course a no-fly zone is a possibility, but I urge restraint and precise consideration of the issue, and especially intensive international agreement," Westerwelle said in an e- mailed statement yesterday.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. sales of Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles rose 32 percent last month, the company said in an e- mailed statement.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • "The economic and fiscal challenges facing Mr. Monti are daunting" as a country "expected to generate no growth next year is being asked to undertake one of the sharpest two-year fiscal adjustments in the euro zone," Nicholas Spiro, managing director of Spiro Sovereign Strategy in London, said in an e- mail.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Silver forwarded Harrison's e- mail to White House advisers Carol Browner and Ron Klain, the chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, according to the memo.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

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  • t is just a single letter of the alphabet, but the hyphenated prefix e- loomed so large in American discourse in 1998 that members and friends of the American Dialect Society at their annual meeting voted it Word (or perhaps Lexical Entity) of the Year, as well as Most Useful and Most Likely to Succeed.

    http://www.americandialect.org/index.php/amerdial/1998_words_of_the_year/

    December 9, 2006