- a small, usually wooded valley; vale.
Origin of dell
- a male or female given name.
Origin of dells
- (in names of Italian derivation) an elided form of della: Giovanni dell' Anguillara.
Examples from the Web for dell
Contemporary Examples of dell
Sadly, Dell was killed five weeks after performing this stunt, fatally injured in a different performance.Dirtbike Flips over Stunt Plane
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 21, 2014
“Oh, this is from 2005,” says Dell, a self-described Michelle Kwan “uber-fan” who lives in Yonkers.Figure Skater Michelle Kwan Chases Gold in Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race
April 17, 2014
Today, on his desk, sits a Dell laptop and a copy of Lincoln The Man by Edgar Lee Masters.This Civil War Reenactor Controls Christie’s Fate
March 5, 2014
Dell is faced with a cratering PC market as well as competitors like Amazon in the IT service industry.Best Business Longreads
November 10, 2013
Powers buried all five bodies outside a garage in Quiet Dell, West Virginia, where he had confined and then killed them.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel
October 21, 2013
Historical Examples of dell
"Well, I do think it's awfully good, Dell," began the Countess.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
We can't do that, Dell; we got to stay here and feed this gang once more.They of the High Trails
I am sorry to trouble you; but I really am unable to leave the Dell.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
"I have left it behind me in the dell," she said, blushing and hanging her head.Sandman's Goodnight Stories
Abbie Phillips Walker
"Dell wasn't elected to the office," Judge Thayer explained.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
- a small, esp wooded hollow
Word Origin for dell
Old English dell "dell, hollow, dale" (perhaps lost and then borrowed in Middle English from cognate Middle Dutch/Middle Low German delle), from Proto-Germanic *daljo (cf. German Delle "dent, depression," Gothic ib-dalja "slope of a mountain"); related to dale (q.v.).
rogue's cant 16c.-17c. for "a young girl of the vagrant class," of uncertain origin.
A Dell is a yonge wenche, able for generation, and not yet knowen or broken by the vpright man. ... [W]hen they have beene lyen with all by the vpright man then they be Doxes, and no Dells. [Thomas Harman, "A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors," 1567]