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Dan

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noun \ˈdan\

Definition of Dan

  1. :  a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel

Origin and Etymology of dan

Hebrew Dān


First Known Use: before 12th century


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Dan

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noun \ˈdan\

Definition of Dan

archaic

  1. :  master, sir

Origin and Etymology of dan

Middle English, title of members of religious orders, from Anglo-French, from Latin dominus master


First Known Use: 13th century


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Dan

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Definition of Dan

  1. 1 Daniel

  2. 2 Danish


Dan

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geographical name \ˈdan\

Definition of Dan

  1. 1 river 180 miles (290 kilometers) long in southern Virginia and northern North Carolina flowing east into the Roanoke River

  2. 2 village at the northern extremity of ancient Palestine


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