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den British & World English

A wild mammal’s hidden home; a lair

den English Thesaurus

the mink left its den

Den Haag British & World English

Dutch name for The Hague (see Hague).

opium den British & World English

A public room where opium is sold and smoked

den mother British & World English

The female leader of a den of Cub Scouts

gambling den British & World English

A place where people meet in secret to take part in illicit gambling

the lion's den British & World English

A demanding, intimidating, or unpleasant place or situation

beard the lion in his den British & World English

Confront or challenge someone on their own ground

van New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capitalization as prefix to proper names is personal, and must be followed; Dutch names are usually lower case, Flemish and South African names may be capitalized; alphabetize under V in English texts

the lion's den in lion British & World English

A demanding, intimidating, or unpleasant place or situation

von den in von New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

as prefix to proper names usually lower case for German names, sometimes capitalized for Swiss (ignored for alphabetization); vom, von dem, von den, von der are also usually lower case but are retained for alphabetization

beard the lion in his den in beard British & World English

Confront or challenge someone on their own ground

beard the lion in his den or lair in beard British & World English

Confront or challenge someone on their own ground

Derek Niven van den Bogaerde in Bogarde, Sir Dirk British & World English

(1921–99), British actor and writer, of Dutch descent; born Derek Niven van den Bogaerde. He became famous in the ‘Doctor’ series of comedy films, and played more serious roles in films such as The Servant (1963) and Death in Venice (1971)