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

  • n. Music The second tone of the diatonic scale in solfeggio.
  • prep. In reference to; in the case of; concerning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ray, a syllable used in solfège to represent the second note of a major scale.
  • n. Reinsurance.
  • prep. About, regarding, with reference to; especially in letters and documents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A syllable applied in solmization to the second tone of the diatonic scale of C; in the American system, to the second tone of any diatonic scale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In solmization, the syllable used for the second tone of the scale. In the scale of C this tone is D—a tone which is therefore sometimes called re in France and Italy.
  • n. A word used in legal language in the phrase in re: as, ‘in re Bardell vs. Pickwick,’ in the case of Bardell against Pickwick: often elliptically re: as, re Bardell vs. Pickwick; re Brown.
  • n. An inseparable prefix of Latin origin (before a vowel usually in the form red-), meaning ‘back,’ ‘again.’

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization
  • n. a rare heavy polyvalent metallic element that resembles manganese chemically and is used in some alloys; is obtained as a by-product in refining molybdenum
  • n. ancient Egyptian sun god with the head of a hawk; a universal creator; he merged with the god Amen as Amen-Ra to become the king of the gods


Middle English, from Medieval Latin; see gamut.
Latin , ablative of rēs, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin re. (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation (Wiktionary)



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  • Re. Chemical element symbol for Rhenium.

    December 2, 2007