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dan

[ dahn, dan ]
/ dɑn, dæn /
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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.
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Origin of dan

First recorded in 1940–45; from Japanese, from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese duàn “step, grade”

Other definitions for dan (2 of 4)

Dan1
[ dan ]
/ dæn /

noun
a son of Jacob and Bilhah. Genesis 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.

Other definitions for dan (3 of 4)

Dan2
[ 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”

Other definitions for dan (4 of 4)

Dan.

abbreviation
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British Dictionary definitions for dan (1 of 5)

dan1
/ (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 5)

dan2
/ (dæn) /

noun martial arts
any one of the 10 black-belt grades of proficiency
a competitor entitled to dan grading
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Word Origin for dan

Japanese

British Dictionary definitions for dan (3 of 5)

Dan1
/ (dæn) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for dan (4 of 5)

Dan2
/ (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 5)

Dan.

abbreviation for
Bible Daniel
Danish
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