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verb (used with object)
  1. to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
  2. to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
  3. to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.
verb (used without object)
  1. to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.
  2. to gather what is left by reapers.

Origin of glean

1350–1400; Middle English glenen < Old French glener < Late Latin glennāreCeltic
Related formsglean·a·ble, adjectiveglean·er, nounun·gleaned, adjective

Synonyms for glean

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Contemporary Examples of gleaned

Historical Examples of gleaned

  • On the other hand if nothing can be gleaned from them, let the effusions and their author be forgotten.

  • The ground has been for the most part well reaped and gleaned.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • These were his notions, at least; the result must be gleaned from my story.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • The whole field of fact and fancy has been gleaned and garnered.

  • Much information may be gleaned from the pages of McMaster's history.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for gleaned


  1. to gather (something) slowly and carefully in small piecesto glean information from the newspapers
  2. to gather (the useful remnants of a crop) from the field after harvesting
Derived Formsgleanable, adjectivegleaner, noun

Word Origin for glean

C14: from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for gleaned



early 14c., from Old French glener (Modern French glaner) "to glean," from Late Latin glennare "make a collection," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish do-glinn "he collects, gathers," Celt. glan "clean, pure"). Figurative sense was earlier in English than the literal one of "gather grain left by the reapers" (late 14c.). Related: Gleaned; gleaning.

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