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Dene

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛneɪ
 
, ˈdɛni/

noun (plural same)

  • 1A member of a group of American Indian peoples of the Canadian North-West and Alaska.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] Any of the Athabaskan languages of the Dene.
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    • 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.

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  • Relating to the Dene or their languages.
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    • 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'.

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There are 3 definitions of Dene in English:

dene1

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Pronunciation: /diːn
 
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(also dean)

noun

[usually in place names] British
  • A vale, especially the deep, narrow, wooded valley of a small river: Rottingdean Deepdene
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    • 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.

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noun

dialect
  • A bare sandy tract or low sandhill by the sea.
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    • 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.

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