fen

noun (1)
\ˈfen \

Definition of fen 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: low land that is covered wholly or partly with water unless artificially drained and that usually has peaty alkaline soil and characteristic flora (as of sedges and reeds)

fen

noun (2)
\ˈfən \
plural fen

Definition of fen (Entry 2 of 3)

a monetary subunit of the yuan — see yuan at Money Table

Fen

geographical name
\ˈfən, ˈfen\

Definition of Fen (Entry 3 of 3)

river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in northern China in central Shanxi flowing south-southeast into the Huang River

First Known Use of fen

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fen

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English fenn; akin to Old High German fenna fen, Sanskrit paṅka mud

Noun (2)

Chinese (Beijing) fēn

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fen

Dictionary Entries near fen

femtometer

femtosecond

femur

fen

Fen

fenagle

fence

Statistics for fen

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fen

The first known use of fen was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on fen

What made you want to look up fen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!