Definition of donnée in English:


(also donné)


  • 1A subject or theme of a narrative.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The reviewer needs to understand what the donnée of the other poet is.’
    • ‘But, even if the play is based on too many draconian données, it has its own chill gallows humour.’
    • ‘It would seem that Mrs Gaskell began A Dark Night's Work with a vivid donnée - the preparatory excavations for the railways churning up the beautiful English landscape, and discovering a murdered body.’
    • ‘The writer is granted ‘his subject, his idea, his donnée ’.’
    established fact, reality, certainty
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  • 2A basic fact or assumption.


French, ‘given’.