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a small, usually wooded valley; vale.

before 1000; Middle English delle, Old English dell; akin to dale


a male or female given name.
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dell (dɛl)
a small, esp wooded hollow
[Old English; related to Middle Low German delle valley; compare dale]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dell (perhaps lost and then borrowed in M.E. from cognate M.Du./M.L.G. delle), from P.Gmc. *daljo, related to dale. Uncertain relationship to dell, rogue's cant 16c.-17c. for "a young girl of the vagrant class." "A Dell is a yonge wenche, able for generation, and not yet knowen or broken by the
vpright man. ... [W]hen they have beene lyen with all by the vpright man then they be Doxes, and no Dells" [Thomas Harman, "A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors," 1567].
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Example sentences
Here and there a few cattle graze near lonely barns nestled in the draws and dells.
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