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dedans

[duh-dahn]
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noun, plural de·dans [duh-dahn] /dəˈdɑ̃/. (used with a singular verb) Court Tennis.
  1. a netted winning opening of rectangular shape at the service side of the court.Compare grille(def 5), winning gallery.
  2. the body of spectators behind this opening at a court-tennis match.
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Origin of dedans

1700–10; < French: (the) inside, Middle French (adv. and preposition), Old French dedenz, equivalent to de of (< Latin ) + denz in (< Late Latin deintus, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + intus inside (adv.))
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dedans

noun
  1. real tennis the open gallery at the server's end of the court
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Word Origin

literally: interior
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