Meaning of glen in English:


Pronunciation /ɡlɛn/

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  • A narrow valley, especially in Scotland or Ireland.

    ‘The choice of venue - Glasgow, the road junction for Gaelic immigration from the Highlands of Scotland and the glens of Ireland - is also significant.’
    • ‘The Slieve Blooms full of hidden glens and valleys and lakes and have a certain magic that draws not only the tourists but also the locals back again and again.’
    • ‘And you can see why, because the tiny island has the lot - mountains, rugged coastline, beaches, open moorland and wooded glens.’
    • ‘There are at least 12 million Americans, she says, who claim to be descended from the former inhabitants of our straths and glens and slums.’
    • ‘Temperatures in the glens of Scotland will be getting up to the high teens and early 20s next week which is very good for the time of the year.’
    • ‘The narrow glens and rolling hills are nowhere near as popular as other areas of Scotland, so even on a summer's day you can almost be assured of some true peace and quiet.’
    • ‘It is not the reality of a tigerish emerald economy or Ireland's high-tech silicon glens.’
    • ‘The remote glens of Scotland are the hiding places of those who seek some tranquillity and privacy.’
    • ‘On this moderate-to-strenuous trip, we'll walk the pastoral lowland glens along the banks of exquisite Loch Lomond to the great Scottish Highlands.’
    • ‘Their victory is visible in the houses and crofts that still spread across the hills of the glen and the dale.’
    • ‘By following glens and loch shores between the hills, it is possible to construct any number of walking routes, from afternoon rambles to week-long marathons.’
    • ‘This week she will travel to the Isle of Arran, then to Argyll and finally the glens of Strathspey in a bid to unravel the mystery.’
    • ‘It's got all the right elements - a mountain core of undoubted international conservation value, in a superb setting of upland glens and rural communities.’
    • ‘Because of the Scottish terrain, the glens are simply stuffed with falls pools in varying states of scenic splendour.’
    • ‘The house is surrounded by about 20 acres of grounds, including lawns, an old walled garden, a paddock and a wooded glen full of wildlife.’
    • ‘The name comes from a glen on the isle of Rum in the Inner Hebrides and it was here they spent a formative period performing for wild dances.’
    • ‘For complexity of form and for the splendour of its corries and glens, this hill has few equals in the central Highlands.’
    • ‘In your mind's eye, can't you see the rocky peaks of the high mountains, the deep glens, the tumbling rivers?’
    • ‘As well as streams of south-west England and mainland Europe, the young salmon belong to rivers and glens that drain the western Highlands.’
    • ‘And is it not ironic that these lands were so heavily settled by the very people cleared from the Highland glens?’


Late Middle English from Scottish Gaelic and Irish gleann (earlier glenn).