- IPA: /dɛn/
- Rhymes: -ɛn
- DNE, end, NDE, NED, Ned, ned
From Middle English den, from Old English denn ( “den, lair ( of a beast ), cave; a swine-pasture, a woodland pasture for swine” ), from Proto-Germanic *danjō ( “threshing-floor, barn-floor” ), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen- ( “flat surface, board, sheet, area, palm of the hand” ). Cognate with Scots den ( “den, lair” ), Dutch denne ( “burrow, den, cave, attic” ), Dutch den ( “ship's deck, threshing-floor, mountain floor” ), Middle Low German denne, danne ( “threshing-floor, small dale” ), German Tenne ( “threshing-floor” ) .
Explanation of den by Wordnet Dictionary
a hiding place
- Den ( dĕn ), n. [AS. denn; perh. akin to G. tenne floor, thrashing floor, and to AS. denu valley.]
1. A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, “a lion's den; a den of robbers.”
2. A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, “a den of vice”. “Those squalid dens, which are the reproach of great capitals.” Addison.
3. Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone. [Colloq.]
4. [AS. denu.] A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell. [Old Eng. & Scotch] Shak.
- Den, v. i. To live in, or as in, a den.
The sluggish salvages that den below. G. Fletcher.
Definition of den by GCIDE Dictionary