noun (1)
\ ˈdēn How to pronounce dene (audio) \

Definition of dene

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: valley


noun (2)
Dé·​né | \ de-ˈnā How to pronounce Déné (audio) , dā- \
plural Déné or Dénés\ de-​ˈnāz How to pronounce Déné (audio) , dā-​ \

Definition of Déné (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of any of the Athabascan-speaking peoples of the interior of Alaska and northwestern Canada also : the languages of these peoples

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of dene in a Sentence

Noun (1) there are some deeply wooded denes in that part of Northumberland
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The facts, again, are simple: Denes, 32, came home one night in February 2014 to find signs of a burglary in nearly every room of her home. Vinny Vella, Courant Community, 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of dene

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dene

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English denu

Noun (2)

Canadian French, of Athabascan origin; akin to Chipewyan & Slave (Athabascan languages of Canada) dene person

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“Dene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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