follow Dictionary.com

Do you know ghouls from goblins and ghosts?

de facto

[dee fak-toh, dey] /di ˈfæk toʊ, deɪ/
noun
1.
in fact; in reality:
Although his title was prime minister, he was de facto president of the country. Although the school was said to be open to all qualified students, it still practiced de facto segregation.
2.
actually existing, especially when without lawful authority (distinguished from de jure).
3.
Australian. a person who lives in an intimate relationship with but is not married to a person of the opposite sex; lover.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin dē factō literally, from the fact
Can be confused
de facto, de jure.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for de facti

de facto

/deɪ ˈfæktəʊ/
adverb
1.
in fact
adjective
2.
existing in fact, whether legally recognized or not: a de facto regime Compare de jure
noun (pl) -tos
3.
(Austral & NZ) a de facto husband or wife
Word Origin
C17: Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for de facti

de facto

Latin, literally "in fact, in reality," thus, "existing, but not necessarily legally ordained;" from facto, ablative of factum "deed, act" (see fact).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
de facti in Culture
de facto [(di fak-toh, day fak-toh)]

Something generally accepted or agreed to without any formal decision in its favor: “They never elected him; he became their leader de facto.” From Latin, meaning “in fact.” (Compare de jure.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for de facto

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for de

3
3
Scrabble Words With Friends