noun, plural den·tes [den-teez] /ˈdɛn tiz/. Zoology.
Origin of dens
verb (used with object), denned, den·ning.
verb (used without object), denned, den·ning.
Origin of den
Related Words for denssanctuary, nest, cave, hotbed, studio, library, playroom, lair, shelter, sanctum, haunt, couch, burrow, cubbyhole, lodge, cloister, hole, hideout, study, retreat
Examples from the Web for dens
Contemporary Examples of dens
The sun ariseth; they gather themselves together and lay them down in their dens.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Dingoes make their homes in hollowed out logs, dens, or rabbit holes.Pets or Predators? 10 Things About Australia’s Famous Dog, the Dingo
June 13, 2012
Historical Examples of dens
Then the beasts go into their dens, and they remain in their places.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Ordinarily Coyotes do not sleep in dens or in any fixed place.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Not but what I've seen boardin'-house rooms that was like dens.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Let us go down into these dens of moral disease and disinfect them.The Christian
At this the Wolf and the Bear grew frightened, and ran away to their dens.
verb dens, denning or denned
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.