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pen

play
verb \ˈpen\

Definition of pen

pennedpen·ning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shut in or as if in a pen



Origin of pen

Middle English pennen, from Old English -pennian


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with pen


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

  1. 1 a :  a small enclosure for animals b :  the animals in a pen <a pen of sheep>

  2. 2 :  a small place of confinement or storage

  3. 3 :  a protected dock or slip for a submarine

  4. 4 :  bull pen 2



Origin of pen

Middle English, perhaps from pennen


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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pen

noun

Definition of pen

  1. 1 :  an implement for writing or drawing with ink or a similar fluid: as a :  quill b :  pen point c :  a penholder containing a pen point d :  fountain pen e :  ballpoint

  2. 2 a :  a writing instrument regarded as a means of expression <enlisted the pens of the best writers — F. H. Chase> b :  writer

  3. 3 :  the internal horny feather-shaped shell of a squid

  4. 4 :  stylus d



Origin of pen

Middle English penne, from Anglo-French, feather, pen, from Latin penna, pinna feather; akin to Greek pteron wing — more at feather


First Known Use: 14th century


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pen

verb

Definition of pen

pennedpen·ning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  write, indite <pen a letter>



15th Century

First Known Use of pen

15th century


5

pen

noun

Definition of pen

  1. :  a female swan



Origin of pen

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1550


6

pen

noun

Definition of pen



1884

First Known Use of pen

1884


7

pen

abbreviation

Definition of pen

  1. peninsula




PEN

abbreviation

Definition of PEN

  1. International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists





PEN Defined for Kids

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pen

play
noun \ˈpen\

Definition of pen

  1. :  an instrument for writing with ink




2

pen

play
verb

Definition of pen

pennedpen·ning

  1. :  to write especially with a pen <Who penned this poem?>




3

pen

play
noun

Definition of pen

  1. :  a small enclosure especially for animals




4

pen

play
verb

Definition of pen

pennedpen·ning

  1. :  to shut in a small enclosure





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