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dene

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[ deen ]
/ din /
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noun British.
a bare, sandy tract or low sand hill near the sea.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for dene (1 of 3)

dene1

dean

/ (diːn) /

noun
British a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded

Word Origin for dene

Old English denu valley; see den

British Dictionary definitions for dene (2 of 3)

dene2

dean

/ (diːn) /

noun
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

British Dictionary definitions for dene (3 of 3)

Dene
/ (ˈdɛnɪ, ˈdɛneɪ) /

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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