den

noun
\ ˈden \

Definition of den 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the lair of a wild usually predatory animal
2a(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

verb
denned; denning

Definition of den (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of Den (Entry 3 of 3)

Denmark

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Synonyms for den

Synonyms: Noun

burrow, hole, house, lair, lodge

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the den where the family tree previously was placed (see above) was converted into a nursery when their new son was born in June. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Why Joanna Gaines Was 'Nervous the Kids Might Be Sad' During the Holidays This Year," 15 Dec. 2018 Photo: Tate Restaurant Fabulous Fusion: TATE Tate’s hushed but unstuffy dining room and bar, with bleached wooden paneling and pink upholstered booths, is a refined counterpoint to the raucous cocktail dens further along Hollywood Road. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "How Young Chefs Are Making Their Marks on Hong Kong’s Fine Food Scene," 10 Dec. 2018 The rattlers were later returned to the dens near where they were first captured, West Virginia Natural Resources Police said. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "West Virginia man arrested after 17 rattlesnakes found in home," 28 Aug. 2018 The annual rite of spring inevitably means there could be conflicts with dogs as the breeding pair and their four children from last year diligently guard the den. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coyote alert: SF is home to seven new pups in the Presidio," 4 June 2018 But Wargaming wants to broaden the appeal of World of Warships beyond naval enthusiasts and those who live to watch black-and-white Victory At Sea re-runs from a leather recliner in the den. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 Land owners in the state used to pour gasoline in their dens, killing them in bulk. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 Buzzing and crawling, the cute insects instantly changed my perception of the grow house from an illicit drug den to a charming indoor or outdoor garden. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "Women in Weed: How Legal Marijuana Could Be the First Billion-Dollar Industry Not Dominated by Men," 20 Aug. 2015 Head back Downtown for dinner and a drink at the Standby, a cocktail den with excellent bar food including cheeseburgers, chicken wings, and short rib tacos. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018

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Most of the 11 collared bears denned in Chugach State Park. Author: Rick Sinnott | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Bears, bikes and avoiding unnecessary togetherness on Anchorage trails," 31 Mar. 2018 That included the use of snares, nets, and traps, hunting wolves or coyotes during their denning season, baiting bears, and using aircraft to hunt bears. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal judge rejects predator-control lawsuit against Interior Department," 8 June 2018 The Wyoming plan also includes a no-hunt buffer zone in a region east of Grand Teton where several bears adored by photographers and tourists are known to roam and den. Karin Brulliard, chicagotribune.com, "Yellowstone grizzly bears are off the endangered list; Wyoming says it's time to hunt them again," 24 May 2018 With sea ice diminishing due to a warming climate, increasing numbers of polar bears are denning in the coastal plain. Anchorage Daily News, "Sen. Murkowski has it wrong; drilling in ANWR would be a tragedy," 7 Jan. 2018 Because of sea ice loss, increased numbers of pregnant female bears now den on land, with much of that occurring on the coastal plain. Bill Sherwonit, Alaska Dispatch News, "ANWR needs protection now more than ever," 27 Oct. 2017 An increasing number of polar bears are now denning onshore during the winter — when seismic studies would take place — due to diminishing sea ice, and a significant portion of the coastal plain is designated as critical habitat for the bears. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," 15 Sep. 2017 Conservation groups say the 1002 area — 8 percent of the refuge — is critical habitat for the Porcupine caribou herd and threatened polar bears that den along the coast in greater numbers than elsewhere in Alaska. Alex Demarban, Alaska Dispatch News, "ANWR well, drilled on a private Native inholding, has held its secret for decades as interest in the coastal plain has grown and subsided," 22 July 2017 This year, Lewis was on a mission to find out if the fishers were denning. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Furry fisher in South Cascades has a baby! Biologists say grainy photo shows kit," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of den

Noun

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

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for den

Noun

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

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den

noun

English Language Learners Definition of den

: 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

noun
\ ˈden \

Kids Definition of den

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)

Legal Definition of den 

denied

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