An example of a dell is a tiny valley in a wooded area, tucked away from the rest of civilization.
Origin of dell
- Middle English del from Old English dell
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English delle, from Old English *dell (“small dale”), from Proto-Germanic *daljō (“a hollow, abyss”), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *dalą (“valley, dale”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰol-, *dʰel- (“an arch, vaulting, curve, curvature, cavity”). Cognate with Dutch del (“a dell”), German dialectal Telle (“a hollow”).