dan

[dahn, dan]
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noun Martial Arts.

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.

Nearby words

  1. damselfly,
  2. damson,
  3. damson cheese,
  4. damyankee,
  5. damão,
  6. dan buoy,
  7. dan river,
  8. dan.,
  9. dana,
  10. dana, charles anderson

Origin of dan

1940–45; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese duàn step, grade

Dan

1
[dan]

noun

a son of Jacob and Bilhah. Gen. 30:6.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
the northernmost city of ancient Palestine.
a male given name, form of Daniel.

Dan

2
[dan]

noun Archaic.

a title of honor equivalent to master or sir: Dan Chaucer.

Origin of Dan

2
1275–1325; Middle English < Old French danz < Medieval Latin domnus, contraction of Latin dominus “lord, master”

Dan.

abbreviation

Bible. Daniel(def 1).
Danish.Also Dan

Marino

[muh-ree-noh]

noun

Daniel ConstantineDan, born 1961, U.S. football player.

Quayle

[kweyl]

noun

James DanforthDan, born 1947, vice president of the U.S. 1989–93.
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British Dictionary definitions for dan

dan

1

noun

a small buoy used as a marker at seaAlso called: dan buoy

Word Origin for dan

C17: of unknown origin

noun martial arts

any one of the 10 black-belt grades of proficiency
a competitor entitled to dan grading
Compare kyu

Word Origin for dan

Japanese

Dan

1

noun

an archaic title of honour, equivalent to Master or SirDan Chaucer

Dan

2

noun Old Testament

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

Dan.

abbreviation for

Bible Daniel
Danish

Quayle

noun

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
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