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dan

[dahn, dan]
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noun Martial Arts.
  1. 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

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

Dan1

[dan]
noun
  1. a son of Jacob and Bilhah. Gen. 30:6.
  2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
  3. the northernmost city of ancient Palestine.
  4. a male given name, form of Daniel.
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Idioms
  1. from Dan to Beersheba, from one outermost extreme or limit to the other. Judges 20:1.
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Dan2

[dan]
noun Archaic.
  1. a title of honor equivalent to master or sir: Dan Chaucer.
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Origin of Dan2

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French danz < Medieval Latin domnus, contraction of Latin dominus “lord, master”
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Examples from the Web for dans

Historical Examples

  • Il a t lev, said I, dans What the blazes was the French for cotton-wool?

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • But to-day Dickie had appeared saddened by Dans and Clarences troubles.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

  • That disagreeable look on Dans face was replaced by a startled one.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

  • Dans ses bouteilles, may be Arab-French for in his cups—or it may not.

  • Dans la dche jusqu'aux omoplates, mon pauv' caporal-sous-off!

    Trilby

    George Du Maurier


British Dictionary definitions for dans

Dan1

noun
  1. an archaic title of honour, equivalent to Master or SirDan Chaucer
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Dan2

noun Old Testament
    1. the fourth son of Jacob (Genesis 30:1–6)
    2. the tribe descended from him
  1. a city in the northern territory of Canaan
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dan1

noun
  1. a small buoy used as a marker at seaAlso called: dan buoy
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin

dan2

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

Japanese
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Word Origin and History for dans

dan

title of address to members of religious orders, c.1300, from Old French dan (Modern French dom), from Latin dominus "lord" (source of Portuguese don, Spanish don, Italian donno; see don (n.)).

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Dan

1

familiar form of masc. proper name Daniel.

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Dan

2

name of one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel or its territory, named for its founder; literally "he who judges," related to Hebrew din "to judge." In the Old Testament, it occupied the northernmost part of Israel, hence its use proverbially for "utmost extremity," e.g. in from Dan to Beersheba (the southernmost region), 1738.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dans in Medicine

DANS

(dē′ā-ĕn-ĕs)
n.
  1. 1-dimethylaminonaphthalene-5-sulfonic acid; a green fluorescing compound used in immunohistochemistry to detect antigens.
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