- low land covered wholly or partially with water; boggy land; a marsh.
- the Fens, a marshy region W and S of The Wash, in E England.
Origin of fen1
- an aluminum coin and monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, the hundredth part of a yuan or the tenth part of a jiao.
Origin of fen2
Examples from the Web for fen
For a first book ‘A Daughter of the Fen’ is full of promise.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
Beyond, flows the Fen River, and before him is the city gate.The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's
A. Mildred Cable
There was not a light in any house she passed, not even in Mr. Fen Llewellen's cottage.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
Annie Roe Carr
Shall we try to circle this fen and get across, or go back again?Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
But do you think it will take off all the water, and spoil the fen, Dave?Dick o' the Fens
George Manville Fenn
- low-lying flat land that is marshy or artificially drained
- a monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, worth one hundredth of a yuan
Word Origin and History for fen
Old English fenn "mud, mire, dirt; fen, marsh, moor," from Proto-Germanic *fanjam- (cf. Old Saxon feni, Old Frisian fenne, Middle Dutch venne, Dutch veen, Old High German fenna, German Fenn "marsh," Old Norse fen, Gothic fani "mud"), from PIE *pen- "swamp" (cf. Gaulish anam "water," Sanskrit pankah "bog, marsh, mud," Old Prussian pannean "swampland"). Italian and Spanish fango, Old French fanc, French fange "mud" are loan-words from Germanic. The native Latin word was limus or lutum.