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den

[den] /dɛn/
noun
1.
the lair or shelter of a wild animal, especially a predatory mammal.
2.
a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, and informal atmosphere for conversation, reading, writing, etc.
3.
a cave used as a place of shelter or concealment.
4.
a squalid or vile abode or place:
dens of misery.
5.
one of the units of a cub scout pack, analogous to a patrol in the Boy Scouts.
verb (used with object), denned, denning.
6.
to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
7.
to kill (an animal) inside its den.
verb (used without object), denned, denning.
8.
to live in or as if in a den.
Origin of den
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English denn; compare early Dutch denne floor, cave, den, German Tenne floor

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  • But he was just out of the den after his long winter sleep and savage with hunger.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Pregnant with such a den to save the whole In thine own depth.

    Endymion John Keats
  • Ich habe den ganzen Berg umgangen, den wir gebaut, und fand eine Stelle, die man loslsen und hinabwlzen kann.

    Aus meinem Knigreich Carmen Sylva
  • A figure issued from the gamblers' den, and disappeared in the darkness.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • If possible find a suitable tree over a den or close to a runway.

    Steel Traps A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
British Dictionary definitions for den

den

/dɛn/
noun
1.
the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair
2.
a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby
3.
a squalid or wretched room or retreat
4.
a site or haunt: a den of vice
5.
(Scot) a small wooded valley; dingle
6.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a place of sanctuary in certain catching games; home or base
verb dens, denning, denned
7.
(intransitive) to live in or as if in a den
Word Origin
Old English denn; related to Old High German tenni threshing floor, early Dutch denne low ground, den, cave

Den.

abbreviation
1.
Denmark
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Word Origin and History for den
n.

Old English denn "wild animal's lair," from Proto-Germanic *danjan (cf. Middle Low German denne "lowland, wooded vale, den," Old English denu "valley," Old Frisian dene "down," Old High German tenni, German tenne "threshing floor," from PIE *dan- "low ground"). Sense of "small room" is 1771, originally colloquial.

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