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noun \ˈhen\

Definition of hen

  1. 1 a :  a female chicken especially over a year old; broadly :  a female bird b :  the female of various mostly aquatic animals (as lobsters or fish)

  2. 2 :  woman; especially :  a fussy middle-aged woman

Origin and Etymology of hen

Middle English, from Old English henn; akin to Old English hana rooster — more at chant


First Known Use: before 12th century



HEN Defined for English Language Learners

hen

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noun \ˈhen\

Definition of hen for English Language Learners

  • : an adult female chicken

  • : a female bird of any kind


HEN Defined for Kids

hen

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noun \ˈhen\

Definition of hen for Students

  1. 1 :  a female domestic fowl

  2. 2 :  a female bird


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