Definition of nef in English:

nef

Pronunciation /nef/ /nɛf/

noun

  • An elaborate table decoration in the shape of a ship for holding such things as table napkins and condiments.

    • ‘The nef is embellished with two European dragons, and an amusing open-mouthed dragon's head forms the spout.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from French, literally ‘ship’ (see nave).