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A mother hen with chicks.
See also hēn, hén, hěn, and hèn

English

Etymology

From Old English henn.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
hen

Plural
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  1. A female bird.
  2. (specifically) A female chicken, especially one kept for its eggs.
  3. (slang) A woman.

Derived terms

Translations

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Danish

Adverb

hen

  1. here

Dutch

Pronoun

hen (personal)

  1. them

Related terms

Noun

hen f. (plural nen, diminutive netje)

  1. Hen, female chicken; female of a related species.
  2. A female of the species of birds brooding on the ground.
  3. (figuratively) 'bird', colloquial term for a human female

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Japanese

Noun

hen (hiragana へん)

  1. : compilation, knit, plait, braid, twist, editing, completed poem, part of a book
  2. : side, edge
  3. : a type of Chinese radical, right half; antonym: (つくり)

Quasi-adjective

hen (な-na declension, kanji , hiragana へん)

  1. strange
  2. (music) flat

Mandarin

Adverb

hen (Pinyin hěn, simplified )

  1. very; quite; awfully
    zhe fen baozhi you hen duo guanggao. "This newspaper has a lot of advertisement."
    zheli de kongqi hen hao. "The air is very good here."
    zhege guniang hen piaoliang. "This girl is very beautiful."
    zhe jian canting de shiwu haochi, danshi hen gui. — The food of this restaurant is delicious, but it is very expensive.
    (zhè jiān cāntīng de shíwù hǎochī, dànshì hěn guì. — 这间餐厅的食物好吃,但是很贵.)
    zhe jian yiyuan li you hen duo bingren. "There are many patients in this hospital."

Pinyin syllable

hen

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, hēn, hén, hěn, or hèn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Scots

Noun

hen (-)

Singular
hen

Plural
-

  1. Term of address for a woman.
    Alright Mary hen?

Welsh

Adjective

hen

  1. old, ancient

Usage notes

  • This word triggers a soft mutation in the word that follows it.

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