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De·ne

also Dé·né  (dā′nē, dā-nā′)
n. (used with a pl. verb)
The Athabaskan-speaking peoples of northwest Canada and inland Alaska considered as a group.

dene

 (dēn)
n. Chiefly British
A sandy tract or dune by the seashore.

[Possibly East Frisian düne, a sand dune; akin to dune.]

dene

(diːn) or

dean

n
(Physical Geography) Brit a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded
[Old English denu valley; see den]

dene

(diːn) or

dean

n
(Physical Geography) dialect chiefly Southern English a sandy stretch of land or dune near the sea
[C13: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down3]

Dene

(ˈdɛnɪ; ˈdɛneɪ)
pl n
(Peoples) the North American Indian peoples of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in Canada. The official body representing them is called the Dene Nation
[via French déné, from Athapascan dene people]

dene

(din)

n. Brit.
a sandy tract or low hill.
[1815–20; earlier den, in same sense, Middle English (in phrase den and strond); of uncertain orig.]
References in classic literature ?
The world of motor-cars and rural Deans receded inimitably.
Then his voice changed as if every pine-tree was a Rural Dean.
Say "taken," Tope--to the Dean,' the younger rook interposes in a low tone with this touch of correction, as who should say: 'You may offer bad grammar to the laity, or the humbler clergy, not to the Dean.
Breathed to that extent,' the Dean (not unflattered by this indirect homage) condescendingly remarks, 'would be preferable.
Well, well,' says the Dean, with a sprightly air of breaking up the little conference, 'I hope Mr.
Dean, when she brought in supper, to sit down while I ate it; hoping sincerely she would prove a regular gossip, and either rouse me to animation or lull me to sleep by her talk.
Dean why Heathcliff let Thrushcross Grange, and preferred living in a situation and residence so much inferior.
Dean, it will be a charitable deed to tell me something of my neighbours: I feel I shall not rest if I go to bed; so be good enough to sit and chat an hour.
It was understood that the Dean had supported his candidature with zeal, so the Dean would probably ask him to dinner; but would the pleasant little dinners in the precincts ever be the same when Tom Perkins sat at the table?
I wonder if the Dean and Chapter knew that he was a Radical when they elected him," another observed bitterly.
Again Swift felt that he was unjustly treated, and even when he was at length made Dean of St.
THE DEAN OF FACULTY (Farmichael), } Counsel for the Panel ALEXANDER CROCKET, Esquire (Advocate),} (otherwise the Prisoner) MR.