\ ˈdel How to pronounce dell (audio) \

Definition of dell

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

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Along one wall is a giant rendering of the Crucifixion that, rather like the choir paintings at Madonna dell-Albergo, is too large to be seen easily given the size of the space. Washington Post, "Seeing Tintoretto is Venice is very nice. But so is seeing his works in a well-lit museum.," 27 June 2019 The park, about 15 miles east of Wausau in Marathon County, gets its name from the Eau Claire River (one of three in Wisconsin) that cuts through a dramatic gorge, or dells, from the French word dalles, which means narrows or gorge. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dells of the Eau Claire is a gorgeous county park near Wausau," 2 Nov. 2017 The girl who photographed fairies seventy years ago in a Yorkshire dell died last week insisting to the end that one of her pictures was genuine. Hazel Gaynor, Time, "Inside the Elaborate Hoax That Made British Society Believe in Fairies," 1 Aug. 2017 The Dells of the Eau Claire Park is a gorgeous county park on the Eau Claire River near Aniwa, about 20 miles east of Wausau. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Photos: Things to do in Wausau and Stevens Point," 22 June 2017 Maplewood Drive 1616: Sandra Richard and John C. Ducoing to Tommy Vo, $110,000. N. Dells St. 4037: Igenie J. Etienne to Webert Etienne, donation, no value stated. New Orleans Ave., "West Jefferson real estate transfers for May 20-30, 2017," 16 June 2017 Victorian walled vegetable plots, orchards, parterres and pergolas, wildflower meadows, shady dells USA TODAY, "Photo tour: British hotels with gorgeous gardens," 22 May 2017 A cheap Dell monitor in black and silver bronzed, oxidized and covered in valves and knobs. John Brownlee, WIRED, "Jake von Slatt's Steampunk Keyboard," 7 June 2007 In the Dells and Baraboo area, that's a pretty accurate slogan. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Dells and Baraboo offer an outdoor getaway for every kind of traveler," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of dell

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dell

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of dell

formal + literary : a small valley with trees and grass growing in it


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Kids Definition of dell

: a small valley usually covered with trees

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