There are 3 main definitions of dan in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

dan1

Syllabification: dan
Pronunciation: /dän, dan
 
/

noun

1Any of ten degrees of advanced proficiency in judo or karate.
Example sentences
  • He joined the highly-touted Waseda Judo Club, advancing to the rank of fourth dan by his senior year.
  • Later he was awarded his seventh dan in the organization.
  • He was the founder or ‘Shihan’ and his was the responsibility to authorize his pupils' dans.
1.1A person who has achieved a dan in judo or karate.
Example sentences
  • 'Now he is a second dan and a black belt degree holder,’ said Silvi.
  • Richard, a black belt second dan, took up the martial art of shotokan after being bullied in junior school, and found it boosted his confidence.
  • Today, the 23-year-old second dan will be competing with the best in the world in one of the most esoteric martial arts on the planet.

Origin

1940s: from Japanese.

Definition of dan in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

There are 3 main definitions of dan in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

dan2

Syllabification: dan
(also dan buoy)

noun

A small marker buoy with a lightweight flagpole.
Example sentences
  • The short first beat to a dan buoy near the Steamboat Museum gave an indication of unpredictable conditions.
  • Sunday brought a strong easterly wind and a course was set in the north lake with a start near FBA south to a dan buoy near Roughholme Island.
  • Four anchored dan buoys with radar transponders provided navigational control for the greater part of the survey.

Origin

late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Definition of dan in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

There are 3 main definitions of dan in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

Dan3

Syllabification: Dan
1(In the Bible) a Hebrew patriarch, son of Jacob and Bilhah.
1.1The tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him.
1.2An ancient town in the north of Canaan, where the tribe of Dan settled. It marked the northern limit of the ancient Hebrew kingdom of Israel.

Definition of dan in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.