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dan

[dahn, dan] /dɑn, dæn/
noun, Martial Arts.
1.
a degree of expertise in karate, judo, tae kwon do, etc., usually signified by the wearing of a cloth belt of a particular color; level:
a sixth-degree dan.
Origin of dan
1940-1945
1940-45; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese duàn step, grade

Dan1

[dan] /dæn/
noun
1.
a son of Jacob and Bilhah. Gen. 30:6.
2.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3.
the northernmost city of ancient Palestine.
4.
a male given name, form of Daniel.
Idioms
5.
from Dan to Beersheba, from one outermost extreme or limit to the other. Judges 20:1.

Dan2

[dan] /dæn/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a title of honor equivalent to master or sir:
Dan Chaucer.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French danz < Medieval Latin domnus, contraction of Latin dominus “lord, master”

Dan.

abbreviation
1.
Bible. Daniel (def 1).
2.
Danish.
Also, Dan.

Marino

[muh-ree-noh] /məˈri noʊ/
noun
1.
Daniel Constantine ("Dan") born 1961, U.S. football player.

Quayle

[kweyl] /kweɪl/
noun
1.
James Danforth ("Dan") born 1947, vice president of the U.S. 1989–93.
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Examples from the Web for dan
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  • "dan's goin' t' kill 'imself 'cause 'is wife's gone," blubbered the other.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • dan was the principal sufferer, as, to say the truth, he ought to have been.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Gilead abode beyond Jordan, and why did dan remain in ships?

  • There was a slight click again; and he turned, just as dan reappeared in the doorway.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • For the moment dan forgot his complaint in the tender thought of his foster-sister.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for dan

dan1

/dæn/
noun
1.
a small buoy used as a marker at sea Also called dan buoy
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

dan2

/dæn/
noun (martial arts)
1.
any one of the 10 black-belt grades of proficiency
2.
a competitor entitled to dan grading
Compare kyu
Word Origin
Japanese

Dan1

/dæn/
noun
1.
an archaic title of honour, equivalent to Master or Sir: Dan Chaucer

Dan2

/dæn/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
  1. the fourth son of Jacob (Genesis 30:1–6)
  2. the tribe descended from him
2.
a city in the northern territory of Canaan

Dan.

abbreviation
1.
(Bible) Daniel
2.
Danish

Quayle

/kweɪl/
noun
1.
Sir (John) Anthony. 1913–89, British actor and theatrical producer: director (1948–56) of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
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Word Origin and History for dan

title of address to members of religious orders, c.1300, from Old French dan (Modern French dom), from Latin dominus "lord" (source of Portuguese don, Spanish don, Italian donno; see don (n.)).

Dan

1

familiar form of masc. proper name Daniel.

Dan

2

name of one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel or its territory, named for its founder; literally "he who judges," related to Hebrew din "to judge." In the Old Testament, it occupied the northernmost part of Israel, hence its use proverbially for "utmost extremity," e.g. in from Dan to Beersheba (the southernmost region), 1738.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dan

Dan

Related Terms

dapper dan

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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