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In the Bible, a son of Jacob and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
Used formerly as a title of honor for respected men, such as clerics and poets.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin Domnus, from Latin dominus, master, lord; see dem- in Indo-European roots.]
danalso Dan (dän, dăn)
a. Any of the levels of proficiency at the grade of black belt in martial arts such as judo and karate.
b. One who has achieved such a level.
2. An expert or expert level in shogi and certain other games.
[Japanese dan, stair, grade, dan, from Early Middle Chinese duanh, section; also the source of Mandarin duàn.]
(Nautical Terms) a small buoy used as a marker at sea. Also called: dan buoy
[C17: of unknown origin]
1. (Judo & Karate) any one of the 10 black-belt grades of proficiency
2. (Judo & Karate) a competitor entitled to dan grading
(Historical Terms) an archaic title of honour, equivalent to Master or Sir: Dan Chaucer.
a. the fourth son of Jacob (Genesis 30:1–6)
b. the tribe descended from him
2. (Bible) a city in the northern territory of Canaan
a level of expertise in a martial art, as karate or judo, usu. signified by the wearing of a cloth belt of a particular color.
[1940–45; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, = Chinese duàn step, grade]
1. a son of Jacob and Bilhah. Gen. 30:6.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3. the northernmost city of ancient Palestine.
master; sir: Dan Chaucer.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French danz < Medieval Latin domnus, contraction of Latin dominus lord, master]
One of 12 top grades for proficiency.