or dean


noun British.

a bare, sandy tract or low sand hill near the sea.

Nearby words

  1. dendrologous,
  2. dendrology,
  3. dendron,
  4. dendrophagous,
  5. dendrophilous,
  6. dene hole,
  7. deneb,
  8. denebola,
  9. denegation,
  10. denervate

Origin of dene

1815–20; earlier den, in same sense, Middle English (in phrase den and strond); perhaps to be identified with Middle English dene, Old English denu, dænu valley Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dene





British a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded

Word Origin for dene

Old English denu valley; see den


dialect, mainly Southern English a sandy stretch of land or dune near the sea

Word Origin for dene

C13: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down ³


pl n

the North American Indian peoples of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in Canada. The official body representing them is called the Dene Nation

Word Origin for Dene

via French déné, from Athapascan dene people

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