Origin of dells
- a small, usually wooded valley; vale.
Origin of dell
- a male or female given name.
Examples from the Web for dells
Now many were the hills and dells haunted by the fairy folk.Stories from the Ballads
We are delighted to hear that your little folks like the dells.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
I am the same Œnone whom thou didst woo in the dells of woody Ida.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
It is located on the left at the entrance to the wild grandeur of the Dells.
Besides the Dells there are other places of interest at beautiful Kilbourn.
- a small, esp wooded hollow
Word Origin and History for dells
rogue's cant 16c.-17c. for "a young girl of the vagrant class," of uncertain origin.
A Dell is a yonge wenche, able for generation, and not yet knowen or broken by the vpright man. ... [W]hen they have beene lyen with all by the vpright man then they be Doxes, and no Dells. [Thomas Harman, "A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors," 1567]
Old English dell "dell, hollow, dale" (perhaps lost and then borrowed in Middle English from cognate Middle Dutch/Middle Low German delle), from Proto-Germanic *daljo (cf. German Delle "dent, depression," Gothic ib-dalja "slope of a mountain"); related to dale (q.v.).