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Definition of glen

: a secluded narrow valley

Examples of glen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "There’s Gold in Them Thar Braes," 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, "How Playmobil Went From a Simple, Smiling Figure to a Worldwide Sensation," 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,, "For Richard Powers of Evanston, author of the Pulitzer-winning ‘Overstory,’ trees are people too," 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, "This Flagstaff mountain hike surrounds you with summer wildflowers," 18 July 2019 Welcome to the gnarled, grassy glen bounded by the river, Roosevelt Road, 16th, and Clark Streets—land informally known as Rezkoville, after Tony Rezko, the erstwhile developer and political fund-raiser. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Neighborhoods / News / Politics Chicago's next great park? Hardly," 21 May 2018 Roughly paralleling Woody Mountain Road, the meandering single track holds steady at around 7,100 feet, sweeping easily through wildflower meadows and shady glens. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flagstaff hike: Rogers Trail hike is a lovely walk in the woods," 5 July 2018 And then there’s Bridges in a blue, glen-check suit, still repping his Villanova colors alongside Jalen Brunson. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Inside the Life of Future Lottery Pick Mikal Bridges," 15 June 2018 Cross the grassy little glen sliced by the creek feeding the lake and return to your starting point. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Cool off this summer at these lakes near Payson," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of glen

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glen

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

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

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24 Oct 2020

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“Glen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of glen

: a narrow valley


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Kids Definition of glen

: a narrow hidden valley

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