an incident, idea, etc. that serves as an author's starting point or inspiration for a novel, play, etc.
Origin of donnéeFrench from feminine past participle of donner, to give from Classical Latin donare: see donation
- A set of literary or artistic principles or assumptions on which a creative work is based: “He worked outward from the donnée toward the expression of some general theme or idea” ( Hugh Honour )
- A set of notions, facts, or conditions that governs and shapes an act or a way of life: “His heart, his mind, his body, composed the donnée of his life” ( Louis Auchincloss )
Origin of donneeFrench from feminine past participle of donner to give from Old French from Latin dōnāre ; see donate .