\ ˈglen How to pronounce glen (audio) \

Definition of glen

: a secluded narrow valley

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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 The gardens are filled with more than 200 varieties of vegetables, 50 varieties of herbs and edible flowers, 75 varieties of fruit, 200 varieties of flowers, a mushroom glen, and beehives., "He planted a seed and an idea took root. The result is Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.," 19 Apr. 2018 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. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Legend of Ludgar the War Wolf, King of the Trebuchets," 1 May 2017 The tribe’s happiness is interrupted when representatives of a more advanced civilization encroach on their glen, kicks them off the land, and proceeds to use it for a bronze-mining operation. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Sports Early Man is an unexpected dud from the creators of Wallace and Gromit," 21 Feb. 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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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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