Definition of glen
: a secluded narrow valley
Recent Examples of glen from the Web
Its original name was Glenbrook, in homage to the property’s protected glen and the brook that flows through it.
This gentle love story set in a forest glen was written for a low female voice and a castrato, a male singer castrated as a child to preserve his ability to produce the high, pure notes of a boy soprano.
Wagons had to haul all this material through the muddy fens and glens of the Scotch lowland to an assembly point just beyond bowshot range on the plain below the castle wall.
The National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park here is a somber glen of plants, trees, walks, grass and cairn, with thousands of names etched in stones and pavement.
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Origin and Etymology of glen
Middle English (Scots), valley, from Scottish Gaelic & Irish gleann, from Old Irish glenn
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
GLEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of glen for English Language Learners
: a narrow valley
GLEN Defined for Kids
Definition of glen for Students
: a narrow hidden valley
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