Definition of Dane in English:


Syllabification: Dane
Pronunciation: /dān


1A native or inhabitant of Denmark, or a person of Danish descent.
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  • In the days gone by, the Norwegian royals reconciled with the Danes and elected a Danish prince to be the Norwegian ruler.
  • Beer-drinking is a national pastime but Danes are ever the ones for mild moderation.
  • Finns, Danes and Americans enjoy the greatest freedom to travel, with 130 nations welcoming them without a visa.
1.1 historical One of the Viking invaders of the British Isles in the 9th-11th centuries.
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  • In the later 9th cent., after the struggle between Alfred and the Danes, the region became part of Wessex.
  • By the autumn of 880 the Danes had left Wessex and western Mercia, and had begun the systematic settlement of East Anglia.
  • Quite simply, the depredations of the Danes aided Wessex by extinguishing all other royal lineages.


Old English Dene; superseded in Middle English by forms influenced by Old Norse Danir and late Latin Dani (both plural).

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