There are 3 main definitions of dene in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

dene1

Syllabification: dene
Pronunciation: /dēn
 
/
(also dean)

noun

British
(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.

Origin

Old English denu, of Germanic origin; related to den.

Definition of dene in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

There are 3 main definitions of dene in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

dene2

Syllabification: dene
Pronunciation: /
 
dēn/

noun

dialect
A bare, sandy tract or low dune by the sea.
Example sentences
  • The Dene and wide flat sandy beaches of Crimdon became very popular with holiday makers and day trippers
  • Foxholes Dene is one of the steepest and deepest of the denes along this stretch of coast...

Origin

Middle English: perhaps of Germanic origin and related to dune.

Definition of dene in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

There are 3 main definitions of dene in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

Dene3

Syllabification: De·ne
Pronunciation: /diˈnā
 
/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • Several Athabaskan languages are official languages in the Northwest Territories, including Dene Suline, Dogrib or Tlicho, Gwich’in, and Slavey.
  • Since Sapir, linguists have linked the Na-Dene languages to Asian languages, but their work is not conclusive.

adjective

Back to top  
Of or relating to the Dene or their languages.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

from French Déné, from an Athabaskan word meaning 'people'.

Definition of dene in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?