- a bare, sandy tract or low sand hill near the sea.
Origin of dene
1815–20; earlier den, in same sense, Middle English (in phrase den and strond); perhaps to be identified with Middle English dene, Old English denu, dænu valley
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Examples from the Web for dene
A glade or valley in the wood was called a Dean, Dene, Denne, cognate with den.The Romance of Names</p>
Captain Dene pulled at his moustache as though puzzled how to act.Two Little Travellers</p>
Frances Browne Arthur
It was many a long day before she again suggested a visit to Dene.
"Those are the Dene fields," said Alicia, following her glance.
His people lived there for generations—the Lumsdens of Dene Compton.
- British a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded
Old English denu valley; see den
- dialect, mainly Southern English a sandy stretch of land or dune near the sea
C13: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down ³
- the North American Indian peoples of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in Canada. The official body representing them is called the Dene Nation
via French déné, from Athapascan dene people
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Word Origin and History for dene
"bare, sandy tract by the sea," late 13c., of uncertain origin, perhaps connected to dune, but the sense difference is difficult.
"small valley," from Old English denu "valley" (see den).
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