Definition of dell in English:



  • A small valley, usually among trees.

    ‘lush green valleys and wooded dells’
    • ‘I called the fairy dell, not noticing the strangeness’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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 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.’


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