dan

[ dahn, dan ]
/ dɑn, dæn /

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.

Origin of dan

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

Definition for dan (2 of 6)

Dan

1
[ dan ]
/ dæn /

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.

Definition for dan (3 of 6)

Dan

2
[ dan ]
/ dæn /

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”

Definition for dan (4 of 6)

Dan.


abbreviation

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

Definition for dan (5 of 6)

Marino

[ muh-ree-noh ]
/ məˈri noʊ /

noun

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

Definition for dan (6 of 6)

Quayle

[ kweyl ]
/ kweɪl /

noun

James DanforthDan, born 1947, vice president of the U.S. 1989–93.
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British Dictionary definitions for dan (1 of 6)

dan

1
/ (dæn) /

noun

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

Word Origin for dan

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for dan (2 of 6)

dan

2
/ (dæn) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for dan (3 of 6)

Dan

1
/ (dæn) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for dan (4 of 6)

Dan

2
/ (dæn) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for dan (5 of 6)

Dan.


abbreviation for

Bible Daniel
Danish

British Dictionary definitions for dan (6 of 6)

Quayle

/ (kweɪl) /

noun

Sir (John) Anthony . 1913–89, British actor and theatrical producer: director (1948–56) of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
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