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[glen] /glɛn/
a small, narrow, secluded valley.
Origin of glen
1480-90; < Irish, Scots Gaelic gleann; cognate with Welsh glynn
Related forms
glenlike, adjective


[glen] /glɛn/
a male or female given name. Unabridged
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  • Sabbath or no Sabbath, the glen cannot let him pass without some tribute of their pride.

  • Before long they reached a sort of glen, at the bottom of which was a winding river.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • There were three men sleeping in the glen, and the face of one was plainly to be seen.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • There is a river famous for trout that rises in Sulby glen and flows into Ramsey harbour.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • They could hear the jolting of the laden cart on its way down the glen.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for glen


a narrow and deep mountain valley, esp in Scotland or Ireland
Derived Forms
glenlike, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Scottish Gaelic gleann, from Old Irish glend
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Word Origin and History for glen

"narrow valley," late 15c., from Scottish, from Gaelic gleann "mountain valley" (cf. Old Irish glenn, Welsh glyn). Common in place names; cf. Glenlivet (1822), a kind of whiskey, named for the place it was first made (literally "the glen of the Livet," a tributary of the Avon); and Glengarry (1841) a kind of men's cap, of Highland origin, named for a valley in Inverness-shire.

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