Definition of dell in English:



  • A small valley, usually among trees.

    ‘lush green valleys and wooded dells’
    • ‘We've ridden down a narrow dell to the edge of an aspen-ringed meadow, where a quarter-mile of sunstruck pasture beckons.’
    • ‘They were swooping along above a thousand darkened dells, and Kymenos could have chosen any of them to hide in.’
    • ‘There is a mystic beauty lurking in its vales and dells, which lifts the soul above the realms of time and space, and makes the beholder sense the presence of the divine.’
    • ‘They ran through the city, carrying power through what use to be forests and peaceful dells.’
    • ‘I called the fairy dell, not noticing the strangeness’
    • ‘I could hear the milk-maids' buckets clatter, the cows lowing in the dell, and the indentured servant boy's tortured cries as he was being flogged.’
    • ‘There was much talk of shady dells with dappled sunlight, satin sheets and rose petals, fluffy bunnies, tissues, anything that might make the deal sound sweet to both parties.’


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch del and German dialect Telle, also to dale.