noun British.
a bare, sandy tract or low sand hill near the sea.
Also, dean.

1815–20; earlier den, in same sense, Middle English (in phrase den and strond); perhaps to be identified with Middle English dene, Old English denu, dænu valley Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
dene or dean1 (diːn)
(Brit) a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded
[Old English denu valley; see den]
dean or dean1
[Old English denu valley; see den]

dene or dean2 (diːn)
dialect chiefly (Southern English) a sandy stretch of land or dune near the sea
[C13: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down³]
dean or dean2
[C13: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down³]

Dene (ˈdɛnɪ, ˈdɛneɪ)
pl n
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]

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Word Origin & History

"bare, sandy tract by the sea," late 13c., of uncertain origin, perhaps connected to dune, but the sense difference is difficult.
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Example sentences for dene
They were historically located at little duck lake, and known as the duck lake dene.
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