: a secluded hollow or small valley usually covered with trees or turf

Examples of dell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hi-ho-a-dario a spoiler in the dell! Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Perhaps an out-of-place twinkle from deep in the rustle of some bushes, or a delicate rainbow in the light of the local dell. Jason P. Frank, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2022 The dell is one of Quock’s favorites for a couple of reasons. Carl Nolte,, 24 Oct. 2020 Organizers decided to include a timeline of different monuments placed in the dell to acknowledge the history of the space. Christine Condon, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2020 The dell flourished for years until a big storm in 1995 toppled the trees. Carl Nolte,, 24 Oct. 2020

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Word History


Middle English delle; akin to Middle High German telle ravine, Old English dæl valley — more at dale

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dell was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a secluded small valley

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