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den

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noun \ ˈden \

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

  1. The bears will spend most of the winter in their den.

  2. The TV is in the den.

  3. He spent most evenings in the den reading and smoking his pipe.

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Origin and Etymology of den

Middle English, from Old English denn; akin to Old English denu valley, Old High German tenni threshing floor

den Synonyms

Synonyms
burrow, hole, house, lair, lodge
Related Words
nest; territory

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den

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Definition of den

denned; denning
intransitive verb
:to live in or retire to a den
  • polar bears den in ice caves or snowdrifts
transitive verb
:to drive into a den

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First Known Use of den

13th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms


Den

abbreviation

Definition of Den

Denmark


DEN Defined for English Language Learners

den

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Definition of den for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


DEN Defined for Kids

den

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noun \ ˈden \

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)

Law Dictionary

den

abbreviation

legal Definition of den

denied


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