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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Dragons' Den
gambling dens (=places for illegal gambling)
▪ The police raided a number of illegal gambling dens.
▪ I haven't found out yet what they got up to in their opium den with Coleridge and de Quincey.
▪ The Vang Vieng area, north of Vientiane, is reputedly still full of opium dens.
▪ He then regained the 200m record that Pieter van den Hoogenband had claimed along with the Olympic title five months ago.
beard sb (in their den)
▪ He is soft-spoken, bearded, with a friendly smile and an ability to laugh at himself.
▪ He was an awe-inspiring sight, his beard jutting out fiercely and his brow knotted in anger.
▪ It was an older man, with a beard.
▪ Often he would shave it off, but the next day he would have a beard just the same.
▪ Protest music made by men with beards for people with fuzzy minds and books in the glove compartments of their Morris Travellers.
▪ Some of their fathers wore beards.
▪ The provodnik, my jailer, showed a young bearded man into my compartment.
▪ With his grizzled beard and his peg-leg he looked like an extra from Treasure Island.
the lion's den
▪ an opium den
▪ Fifteen men stood silent, with their heads bowed, moments before entering the lion's den.
▪ Instead, he said, they toted their shotguns inside the mansion, burst into the den, and emptied their weapons.
▪ Joyce explained to Paul in a very loud voice that her den was this way.
▪ She was shaking with the cold, but the fire in the den had been irritating and overbearing.
▪ Skunks roll out of their dens in February or March and embark on a long prowl.
▪ The family moved on past their old den, over the bank and out of sight.
▪ They hoped for a home theater and a showcase kitchen blending seamlessly into their den.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Den \Den\ (d[e^]n), n. [AS. denn; perh. akin to G. tenne floor, thrashing floor, and to AS. denu valley.]

  1. A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, a lion's den; a den of robbers.

  2. A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, a den of vice. ``Those squalid dens, which are the reproach of great capitals.''

  3. Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone.

  4. [AS. denu.] A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell. [Old Eng. & Scotch]


Den \Den\, v. i. To live in, or as in, a den.

The sluggish salvages that den below.
--G. Fletcher.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English denn "wild animal's lair," from Proto-Germanic *danjan (cognates: Middle Low German denne "lowland, wooded vale, den," Old English denu "valley," Old Frisian dene "down," Old High German tenni, German tenne "threshing floor," from PIE *dan- "low ground"). Sense of "small room" is 1771, originally colloquial.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; especially, a cave used by a wild animal for shelter or concealment. 2 A squalid or wretched place; a haunt. 3 A comfortable room not used for formal entertaining. 4 (context UK Scotland obsolete English) A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell. vb. (context reflexive English) To ensconce or hide oneself in (or as in) a den. Etymology 2

abbr. (abbreviation of denier nodot=1 English) (a unit of weight)

  1. n. the habitation of wild animals [syn: lair]

  2. a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws [syn: hideout, hideaway]

  3. a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts

  4. a room that is comfortable and secluded

  5. [also: denning, denned]

Den (comics)

Den is the name of two identical planetary romance fictional characters created by Richard Corben. The first appeared in the 1968 animated short film Neverwhere. The second has been appearing in the medium of comics since 1973, and in short stories that have been collected for the most part in trade paperbacks. The second Den also appeared in the animated film Heavy Metal.


DEN may refer to:

  • The IOC and FIFA country code for Denmark
  • Denver, the capital of and largest city in the U.S. state of Colorado
  • Digital Entertainment Network
  • Denver International Airport's IATA code (DEN)
  • Stapleton International Airport's former IATA code
  • Union Station (Denver)'s Amtrak code
  • Diethylnitrosamine
  • Denormal number
  • Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets
Den (film)

Den (marketed as DeN) is a 2001 independent drama horror film written and directed by Greg Arce. The film was released on 15 June 2001 in Culver City, California. In 2009 Arce announced that he was looking into potential legal actions against the producers of the 2004 film Saw, as Arce alleges that Saw has at least similarities to his movie. Film critics and bloggers have noticed the similarities as well.

Den was partly filmed in Australia and was briefly mentioned in Peter Shelley's Australian Horror Films, 1973-2010.

Den (album)

Den is an album by electronica group Kreidler, released in 2012.

Den (pharaoh)

Den, also known as Hor-Den, Dewen and Udimu, is the Horus name of a pharaoh of the Early Dynastic Period who ruled during the First Dynasty of Egypt. He is the best archaeologically-attested ruler of this period. Den is said to have brought prosperity to his realm and numerous innovations are attributed to his reign. He was the first to use the title "King of Lower and Upper Egypt", and the first depicted as wearing the double crown (red and white). The floor of his tomb at Umm el-Qa'ab near Abydos is made of red and black granite, the first time in Egypt this hard stone was used as a building material. During his long reign he established many of the patterns of court ritual and royalty used by later rulers and he was held in high regard by his immediate successors.

Den (room)

A den is a small room in a house where people can pursue activities in private.

In the United States, the type of rooms described by the term den varies considerably by region. It is used to describe many different kinds of bonus rooms, including studies, family rooms, home offices, libraries, home cinemas, or even spare bedrooms. In some places, particularly in parts of the British Isles, a small den may be known as a snug.

While living rooms tend to be used for entertaining company on formal occasions, dens, like other family rooms, tend toward the more informal. In houses that do not have dedicated family rooms or recreation rooms, a den may fill that niche. Dens can also be private areas primarily used by adult members of the household, possibly restricting access to the room by their children. Dens with home theater systems and large screen televisions may be referred to as media rooms instead. Most den floors are made out of wood, carpet, or floor tiling. Bear dens do not have any of these amenities, and so the bears sleep for the winter.

Dens can serve the same purpose as cabinets in the past, becoming a modern man cave—a place for men to gather and entertain. In such cases, the design and decor may be distinctively masculine.

Usage examples of "den".

Jetzt am allerwenigsten wollte er an seine Schwester erinnert werden, den Ursprung aller dieser Schmerzen.

Er zweefde door het vertrek iets als de lauwheid van een warm bad, vermengd met den zoeten geur van Violettes de Parme.

In Eline, die, van een loom en lymfatisch gestel, behoefte gevoelde aan teederen steun en zachtkoesterende warmte, en wier zenuwen, fijn als de vezelen eener bloem, zelfs in hare weeke, als met fluweel gecapitonneerde omgeving dikwijls nog door den minsten tegenstand te ruw werden beroerd en te hevig geprikkeld, ontwikkelde zich uit angst eene terughoudendheid, die haar gemoed vulde met duizenden kleine grieven van heimelijk verdriet.

The ambient was quiet, the horses were snug in their den, the dark-eyed little girl with the lively curiosity was safely in her room.

Inside the Snake Den all was amorphous liquid mud, owing to the copious seepage.

The House declares an ancient interest in the land of Kellarin, by virtue of the investment in goods, coin and people made by Sieur Ancel Den Rannion in the days of Nemith the Last, even up to the cost of his own life.

Sieur had been naming the settlements to honour the original founders: Vithrancel for Ancel Den Rannion, Hafreinsaur for Hafrein Den Fellaemion.

Van den Bos, tanned still from his damned winter sports, perform the classic aqualung tricks.

Lyal, Sieur Den Rannion, to Ingaret, Messire Den Perinal, by the hand in person of Milral Arman, of common height with red hair and blue eyes, a scar on his sword arm and a brand of horse theft on his off hand.

Benehmen gesehen als dies: Hunde zu verjagen, die die Beute gerissen haben, und deine eigene Meute auf den Kadaver zu hetzen!

Augen auf uns und mit seiner Kraft in uns, mit den Augen und der Kraft eines lebenden Menschen, konnten wir die Tat vollbringen, Bruder.

In jenem inneren Bezirk, in dem sie sprachen, setzte er seine Ferse auf den Kopf der Schlange.

Wenn die Quellenkritik so verstanden wird, als sei sie der Nachweis, wie ein Autor den andern benutzt hat, so ist das nur ein gelgentliches Mitte--eins unter anderen--ihr Aufgabe, den Nachweis der Richtigkeit zu losen oder vorzubereiten.

Stein ins Auge, der im Mittelpunkt jenes Gelasses in den Eingeweiden der Insel lag.

Er wandte seine Augen von jenen blauen Augen ab, in denen die Hoffnung starb.