: a secluded narrow valley

Examples of glen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two-story home, set on half an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac in a wee glen in the Coldwater Canyon area, was built in 1957. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2024 There’s a spot called Glen Maye, which has a huge waterfall and then you down this glen to the beach. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024 The Arizona Trail continues south through meadows and aspen glens. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2023 When the weather shows off, though, there's nothing more remarkable than a sunrise peeping over a Scottish glen or the sun setting behind Edinburgh Castle. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 There’s a glen running through the GlenPharmer distillery property, which used to be a mill. Gary Dzen,, 4 July 2023 Lubber Run Concert Series at Lubber Run Park Lubber Run has hosted live music since 1969, when the first stage was erected in a shady glen of this Arlington park. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 8 June 2023 Inchlonaig itself is located at the northern end of the lake and is surrounded by the hills and glens of the Southern Highlands. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 7 June 2023 Watkins Glen State Park near the southern tip of Seneca Lake merits dedicating several hours in order to extensively hike the dramatic trails that hug the glen and take in the breathtaking sight of its 19 waterfalls. Jessica Ritz, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2023

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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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“Glen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a narrow hidden valley

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