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den

noun

  1. (lair)  the habitation of wild animals
    Synonyms: lair. Type of: habitation
  2. (hiding place)  a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws
    Synonyms: hideaway, hideout. Type of: hiding place
  3. (social unit)  a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts
    Type of: social unit
  4. (room)  a room that is comfortable and secluded
    Type of: room. Part of: dwelling house

Den.

noun

Etymology summary

Middle English den, from Old English denn ("den, lair (of a beast), cave; a...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

den | Den. | lair [synonym, sense-specific] | dingle [synonym, sense-specific] | Denmark [synonym, sense-specific]

the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair | a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby | a squalid or ... (30 of 608 words, 8 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/den

Denmark | Danmark [Danish] | Den. [abbreviation]

a kingdom in northern Europe, between the Baltic and the North Sea: consists of the mainland of Jutland and about 100 inhabited islands (chiefly ... (24 of 544 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/denmark

Wikipedia:

Den [disambiguation]

may refer to: Den (room), a part of a house similar to the living room: a den is about the size of a living room, but smaller than a family room | An animal burrow or maternity den | Den, the abbreviation for the orchid genus Dendrobium | Children's... (46 of 286 words, 22 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

den [entry 1, noun] | burrow [synonym, sense-specific] | hole [synonym, sense-specific] | house [synonym, sense-specific] | lair [synonym, sense-specific] | lodge [synonym, sense-specific] | nest [similar, sense-specific] | territory [similar, sense-specific]

the lair of a wild usually predatory animal | a hollow or cavern used especially as a hideout ; a center of secret activity ; a small usually squalid ... (28 of 146 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/den

den [entry 2, verb] | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle]

to live in or retire to a den | to drive into a den (13 of 37 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Oxford Dictionary:

den | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle] | dens [3rd-person singular present]

a wild mammal's hidden home; a lair | [informal] : a room or hideout where a person can go to relax or be private | a place where people meet in ... (29 of 130 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/den

Random House Dictionary:

den | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle] | Den. | Den.: Denmark [sense-specific]

the lair or shelter of a wild animal, especially a predatory mammal. | a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, ... (26 of 116 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/den

Macmillan British Dictionary:

den [countable] | dens [plural] | a den of iniquity/vice

the home of some wild animals | a secret place where people meet to do illegal things | a secret place where children go to play | [United States] a ... (27 of 91 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/den

New World Dictionary:

den | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle] | Den

the cave or other lair of a wild animal | a retreat or headquarters, as of thieves; haunt | a small, squalid room | a small, cozy room in a house, ... (28 of 85 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/den

American Heritage Dictionary:

den | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle] | dens [3rd-person singular present]

The shelter or retreat of a wild animal; a lair. | A cave or hollow used as a refuge or hiding place. | A hidden or squalid dwelling place | A ... (28 of 69 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/den

Denmark | Den. [abbreviation]

A country of northern Europe on Jutland and adjacent islands. It was unified in the 10th century by the Viking king Harold Bluetooth (died 985), who ... (26 of 79 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Wiktionary:

den | dens [plural] | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle] | Wiktionary appendix of animal terms [synonym, sense-specific] | including their homes [synonym, sense-specific]

The home of certain animals. | A comfortable room not used for formal entertaining. | [reflexive] To ensconce or hide oneself in (or as in) a den. (25 of 32 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/den

Cambridge Dictionary:

den [entry 1]

the home of particular types of wild animal (8 of 17 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/den 1

den [entry 2]

a rough structure, usually built outside from pieces of wood, cardboard, etc., in which children play (16 of 25 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/den 2

den [entry 3, United States]

a room in a house or apartment, which is used for activities not involving work (15 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/den 3

den [entry 4]

a place where people secretly plan or take part in dishonest or illegal activities (14 of 29 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/den 4

Encarta Dictionary:

den | dens [plural]

a room in a house where family members and guests relax | a place where illegal or secret activities take place | the hidden home of a wild animal | a ... (28 of 96 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603684​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

den | dens [plural] | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle]

Origin: Middle English den, from Old English denn ("den, lair (of a beast), cave; a swine-pasture, a woodland pasture for swine"), from Proto-Germanic *danjō ("threshing-floor, barn-floor"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰen- ("flat ... (29 of 67 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

den

Origin: Old English denn "wild animal's lair", from Proto-Germanic *danjan (compare Middle Low German denne "lowland, wooded vale, den", ... (18 of 47 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

den | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle]

Origin: Middle English from Old English denn, lair, pasture, akin to Middle Low German, place where grass is trodden down, lair from Indo-European base ... (23 of 26 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

den | Den.

Origin: Old English denn; related to Old High German tenni threshing floor, early Dutch denne low ground, den, cave

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/den

Oxford Dictionary:

den | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle] | dens [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English denn, of Germanic origin; related to German Tenne "threshing floor", also to "dene1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/den

American Heritage Dictionary:

den | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle] | dens [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English denn.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/den

Merriam-Webster:

den [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English denn; akin to Old English denu valley, Old High German tenni threshing floor

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Encarta Dictionary:

den | dens [plural]

Origin: Old English denn "wild animal's lair" from Indo-European, "flat surface"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603684​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

den | dens [plural] | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "den"

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Collins Dictionary:

den | Den.

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

den [countable] | dens [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "den"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

den [countable] | dens [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "den"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

den [entry 3, United States]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "den"

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the Free Dictionary:

den

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Google Dictionary:

den | dens [plural] | denned [past tense] | denning [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "den"

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YourDictionary Audio:

den

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