- the lair or shelter of a wild animal, especially a predatory mammal.
- a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, and informal atmosphere for conversation, reading, writing, etc.
- a cave used as a place of shelter or concealment.
- a squalid or vile abode or place: dens of misery.
- one of the units of a cub scout pack, analogous to a patrol in the Boy Scouts.
- to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
- to kill (an animal) inside its den.
- to live in or as if in a den.
Origin of den
Related Words for densanctuary, nest, cave, hotbed, studio, library, playroom, lair, shelter, sanctum, haunt, couch, burrow, cubbyhole, lodge, cloister, hole, hideout, study, retreat
Examples from the Web for den
Contemporary Examples of den
It is unknown whether John Doe is David Neuman, who was once an executive at DEN.New Hollywood Sex Scandal: Bryan Singer’s Accuser Files Another Suit
June 10, 2014
When she got up at two the next afternoon, Jerry Lee was still up, drinking in his den.
As Perryman walked into the den, the Killer was sitting with his feet up in his favorite recliner chair.
Residents of South Carolina divorce at a rate twice as high as for that den of iniquity, Washington, D.C.Marianne Gingrich Interview Casts Doubts on Newt’s New Image
January 20, 2012
At just past noon, The Roots emerge from their den and strut into the Fallon studio.A Day in the Life of The Roots' Questlove
December 9, 2011
Historical Examples of den
Yates threw off his coat, and went to work as if he were in his own den in the Argus building.In the Midst of Alarms
This was not surprising, for the den was only half a mile away.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
He neither affects to show himself, nor lies sullen in his den.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
All his old prejudices were reviving; it was as if he were going to some ogre's den.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He retired into his den, and presently emerged with a sheet of paper in his hand.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair
- a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby
- a squalid or wretched room or retreat
- a site or haunta den of vice
- Scot a small wooded valley; dingle
- Scot and Northern English dialect a place of sanctuary in certain catching games; home or base
- (intr) to live in or as if in a den
Word Origin for den
Old English denn "wild animal's lair," from Proto-Germanic *danjan (cf. Middle Low German denne "lowland, wooded vale, den," Old English denu "valley," Old Frisian dene "down," Old High German tenni, German tenne "threshing floor," from PIE *dan- "low ground"). Sense of "small room" is 1771, originally colloquial.