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Dane

[deyn]
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Denmark.
  2. a person of Danish descent.
  3. Great Dane.
  4. a male given name.
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Origin of Dane

before 950; Middle English Dan, Old English Dene (plural), influenced by Old Norse Danir (plural)
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  • Do you not remember a flag that was on board the Dane--that by which we identified his nation?

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • You know we are due at Mrs. Dane's at ten, and it is almost that, now.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • "But I am so glad the subject has come up, Miss Dane," she went on.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Dane was noncommittal; but I think he doesn't like Lorimer any too well.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • If Miss Dane is strong enough and has tact, perhaps she can hold him steady.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray


British Dictionary definitions for dane

Dane

noun
  1. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Denmark
  2. any of the Vikings who invaded England from the late 8th to the 11th century ad
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Word Origin and History for dane

Dane

n.

"native of Denmark," from Danish Daner (replacing Old English Dene (plural)); used in Old English of Northmen generally. Perhaps ultimately from a source related to Old High German tanar "sand bank," in reference to their homeland; or from Proto-Germanic *den- "low ground," for the same reason.

Applied 1774 to a breed of large dogs. Danegeld not known by that name in Old English, or until 1086, long after the end of the Viking depredations. Supposedly originally a tax to pay for protection from the Northmen (either to outfit defensive armies or to buy peace). Danelaw (c.1050) was the Danish law in force over that large part of England under Viking rule after c.878; the application to the land itself is modern (1837).

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