Definitions

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  • n. An extravagant table ornament and container used in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, made in the shape of a ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The nave of a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The nave of a church.
  • n. An ornamental vessel used for the decoration of the table, having a form resembling a ship of the middle ages.
  • n. At the present day, a vessel of any unusual and fantastic shape resembling more or less closely a ship or boat.

Etymologies

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French

Examples

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  • "Nefs were a particularly British foible, elaborate galleons fashioned from precious metals, designed to hold the finest, whitest salt and set, symbolically, before the lord at the head of the table."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 75

    January 8, 2017