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Den (?), n. [AS. denn; perh. akin to G. tenne floor, thrashing floor, and to AS. denu valley.]


A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, a lion's den; a den of robbers.


A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, a den of vice.

"Those squalid dens, which are the reproach of great capitals."



Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone.


4. [AS. denu.]

A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell.

[Old Eng. & Scotch]



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Den, v. i.

To live in, or as in, a den.

The sluggish salvages that den below. G. Fletcher.


© Webster 1913.