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[deyn] /deɪn/
a native or inhabitant of Denmark.
a person of Danish descent.
a male given name.
Origin of Dane
before 950; Middle English Dan, Old English Dene (plural), influenced by Old Norse Danir (plural) Unabridged
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a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Denmark
any of the Vikings who invaded England from the late 8th to the 11th century ad
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Word Origin and History for Dane

"native of Denmark," from Danish Daner (replacing Old English Dene (plural)); used in Old English of Northmen generally. Perhaps ultimately from a source related to Old High German tanar "sand bank," in reference to their homeland; or from Proto-Germanic *den- "low ground," for the same reason.

Applied 1774 to a breed of large dogs. Danegeld not known by that name in Old English, or until 1086, long after the end of the Viking depredations. Supposedly originally a tax to pay for protection from the Northmen (either to outfit defensive armies or to buy peace). Danelaw (c.1050) was the Danish law in force over that large part of England under Viking rule after c.878; the application to the land itself is modern (1837).

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