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See also pēn, pén, pěn, and pèn

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Origin uncertain, perhaps related to pin.

Noun

Singular
pen

Plural
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  1. An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.
    There are two steers in the third pen.
  2. A place to confine a person; a prison cell.
    They caught him with a stolen horse, and he wound up in the pen again.
  3. (baseball) The bullpen.
    Two righties are up in the pen.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to pen

Third person singular
pens

Simple past
penned or pent

Past participle
-

Present participle
penning

to pen (third-person singular simple present pens, present participle penning, simple past and past participle penned or pent)
  1. (transitive) To enclose in a pen.
Translations

Etymology 2

A ballpoint pen, showing assembly.

Anglo-Norman penne, from Old French penne, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] penna ‘feather’.

Noun

Singular
pen

Plural
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pen ({{{1}}})
  1. A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.
    He took notes with a pen.
  2. (zoology) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.
Related terms
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to pen

Third person singular
pen

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
n

to pen (third-person singular simple present pen, present participle n, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. (transitive) To write (an article, a book, etc.).
Translations

Etymology 3

Origin uncertain.

Noun

Singular
pen

Plural
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pen ({{{1}}})
  1. A female swan.
Translations

Etymology 4

Shortned form of penalty

Noun

Singular
pen

Plural
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pen ({{{1}}})
  1. penalty

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

pen m

  1. pen (writing utensil)

Derived terms


Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

pen

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, pēn, pén, pěn, or pèn.

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.


Norwegian

Adjective

pen

  1. beautiful

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