den

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noun

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: 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
5
British : a small structure built by children as a place to play, hide, or provide shelter
We roamed the fields and made dens in the hedges, dragging old logs and brushwood with scraps of canvas and rope to make shelters to hide in.Pat Smith

den

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verb

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

Den

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abbreviation

Denmark

Examples of den in a Sentence

Noun The bears will spend most of the winter in their den. The TV is in the den. He spent most evenings in the den reading and smoking his pipe.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
However, the live stream offers snake enthusiasts similar access to seeing the den in person. Marina Watts, Peoplemag, 16 July 2024 For the last three years, that feed has observed the den during warmer seasons, when the snakes emerge from their shelter, Cal Poly said. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 16 July 2024
Verb
Ringed seals, polar bears' primary source of prey, need adequate snow depth to successfully den and protect their young in the springtime. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 13 June 2024 The six-bedroom, four-story house features an elevator and roof deck; grand rooms with high coffered ceilings, large windows, and wood floors; and a lower level with wine cellar, bar, and den that opens to a two-car garage. The Week Staff, theweek, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for den 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of den was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Den.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/den. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

den

noun
ˈden
1
: the shelter or resting place of a wild animal
2
: a hiding place (as for thieves)
3
: a dirty run-down place in which people live or gather
dens of misery
4
: a comfortable room set apart usually for reading and relaxation
5
: a division of a Cub Scout pack

Legal Definition

den

abbreviation
denied

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