Simple Definition of den
: the home of some kinds of wild animals
: an informal and comfortable room in a house
: a small and quiet room in a house where someone goes to read, work, etc.
Full Definition of den
1 : the lair of a wild usually predatory animal
2 a (1) : a hollow or cavern used especially as a hideout (2) : a center of secret activity b : a small usually squalid dwelling
3 : a comfortable usually secluded room
4 : a subdivision of a Cub Scout pack made up of two or more boys
Examples of den in a sentence
The bears will spend most of the winter in their den.
The TV is in the den.
He spent most evenings in the den reading and smoking his pipe.
Origin and Etymology of den
Middle English, from Old English denn; akin to Old English denu valley, Old High German tenni threshing floor
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of den
: to live in or retire to a den <polar bears den in ice caves or snowdrifts>
: to drive into a den
First Known Use of den
Definition of Den
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Definition of den for Students
1 : the shelter or resting place of a wild animal <a fox's den>
2 : a quiet or private room in a home
3 : a hiding place (as for thieves)
Legal Definition of den
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