[ 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 dans (2 of 3)

[ dan ]
/ dæn /


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 dans (3 of 3)

[ dan ]
/ dæn /

noun Archaic.

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

Origin of Dan

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French danz < Medieval Latin domnus, contraction of Latin dominus “lord, master”
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British Dictionary definitions for dans (1 of 4)

/ (dæn) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for dans (2 of 4)

/ (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 dans (3 of 4)

/ (dæn) /


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

Word Origin for dan

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for dans (4 of 4)

/ (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

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Medicine definitions for dans

[ dē′ā-ĕn-ĕs ]


1-dimethylaminonaphthalene-5-sulfonic acid; a green fluorescing compound used in immunohistochemistry to detect antigens.
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