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  • IPA(key): /ˈdeːkə(n)/
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  • Hyphenation: de‧ken
  • Rhymes: -eːkən

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch deken, from Old Dutch *thekina, from Proto-Germanic *þakinō.


deken f (plural dekens, diminutive dekentje n)

  1. A blanket, warm textile cover
    Synonym: sprei
  2. (figuratively) A blanket, covering layer
    Een deken van sneeuw bedekt de winterse tuin, die zich 's zomers met kleurige dekens van bloemen siert
    A blanket of snow covers the wintery garden, which in summer is ornate by colorful flower blankets


deken n (plural dekens, diminutive dekentje n)

  1. The permanent flooring of a fishery vessel
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Latin decānus (chief of ten; dean), from decem (ten). Doublet of decaan, a later borrowing.


deken m (plural dekens, diminutive dekentje n)

  1. A dean, certain priestly offices
    1. presiding over a chapter, as in a cathedral or collegiate church
    2. pastoral chief in a part of a diocese comprising several parishes
  2. A chairman in certain professional corporations
  3. A doyen, eldest, as in the corps diplomatique
  4. Some other presiding officers, e.g. of a neighborhood
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