glen

[ glen ]
/ glɛn /

noun

a small, narrow, secluded valley.

Origin of glen

1480–90; < Irish, Scots Gaelic gleann; cognate with Welsh glynn
Related formsglen·like, adjective

Definition for glen (2 of 2)

Glen

[ glen ]
/ glɛn /

noun

a male or female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for glen

glen

/ (ɡlɛn) /

noun

a narrow and deep mountain valley, esp in Scotland or Ireland
Derived Formsglenlike, adjective

Word Origin for glen

C15: from Scottish Gaelic gleann, from Old Irish glend
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Word Origin and History for glen

glen


n.

"narrow valley," late 15c., from Scottish, from Gaelic gleann "mountain valley" (cf. Old Irish glenn, Welsh glyn). Common in place names; cf. Glenlivet (1822), a kind of whiskey, named for the place it was first made (literally "the glen of the Livet," a tributary of the Avon); and Glengarry (1841) a kind of men's cap, of Highland origin, named for a valley in Inverness-shire.

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