: a secluded narrow valley

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Encompassing sport coats with meaty lapels, neckerchiefs and glen-plaid topcoats, the clothes have a palpable ’70s look to them, and were introduced inside a Milanese vintage store alongside decades-old pieces. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 20 June 2022 One of the perfume’s most distinctive scents is clary sage, which will remind you of a walk through a peaceful glen in springtime. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 2022 Last month, a crane hoisted a 2,500-pound chunk of remains from the latest find from the glen of a wooded area. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 Lubber Run has hosted live music since 1969, when the first stage was erected in a glen of this Arlington park. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 To reach the mine, visitors have to dodge grazing cattle and navigate a narrow road that cuts through an imposing glen skirting a lively river. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2020 Sets are as diverse as ice pirates in snowmobiles and a Coast Guard station with lighthouse to a mystical fairy glen and Mars research vehicle. David Kindy, Smithsonian, 3 Dec. 2019 Powers, a cult figure to some, a national treasure to others, walked down a path of wood chips into a shaded glen that narrowed then opened, rolled then flattened. Christopher Borrelli,, 8 Oct. 2019 This multifaceted gem traces the north flanks of 9,018-foot Little Elden Mountain through a mix of mixed-conifer woodlands, aspen glens, sunny meadows and a variety of blooming plant communities. Mare Czinar, azcentral, 18 July 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle English (Scots), valley, from Scottish Gaelic & Irish gleann, from Old Irish glenn

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glen was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a narrow hidden valley

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