(Usually in place names) a vale, especially the deep, narrow, wooded valley of a small river: Rottingdean Deepdene
More example sentences
- Dene is a word from Northumbrian English used in Northumberland and Durham to refer to a steep-sided wooded valley through which a burn runs.
- Set within a spectacular incised valley, Holywell Dene is the only area of ancient semi-natural woodland remaining within North Tyneside.
noun (plural same)
1A member of a group of American Indian peoples of the Canadian Northwest and Alaska, traditionally speaking Athabaskan languages, and having collective representation in Canadian political life.
- Most Dene, most of the time, dress in clothing very like that worn in rural areas elsewhere in Canada.
- Dene were the first people to settle in what is now the Northwest Territories.
2Any of the languages of the Dene.
- Several Athabaskan languages are official languages in the Northwest Territories, including Dene Suline, Dogrib or Tlicho, Gwichin, and Slavey.
- Since Sapir, linguists have linked the Na-Dene languages to Asian languages, but their work is not conclusive.
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Of or relating to the Dene or their languages.
- In 2002, 32 athletes went to the games in Iqaluit and Nuuk, and won 20 medals, nine in the Inuit games and 11 in the Dene games.
- The pro-Native political message in the performance struck a chord with the Dene man.
- For some Dene language groups there are at present competing writing systems and different spelling practices.