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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

penpɛn(n.; v.)penned, pen•ning.

  1. (n.)any of various instruments for writing or drawing with ink or a similar substance.

  2. a detachable metal penpoint; nib.

  3. such a penpoint with its holder.

  4. the pen as a symbol of authorship.

  5. a writer.

  6. Category: Ornithology

    Ref: quill (def. 1). 1

  7. (v.t.)to write or draw with or as if with a pen:

    to pen an essay.

    Ref: Compare ballpoint, fountain pen, quill (def. 3). 3

Origin of pen:

1250–1300; ME penne < OF penne pen, feather < LL penna, L: feather


penpɛn(n.; v.)penned, pen•ning.

  1. (n.)a small enclosure for domestic animals.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  2. the animals so enclosed.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  3. Ref: playpen . 1

  4. Category: Sport

    Ref: bull pen (defs. 1, 2). 1 2

  5. a dock used in the repair of submarines.

  6. (v.t.)to confine in or as if in a pen.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

Origin of pen:

bef. 1000; ME penne, OE penn (in compounds); perh. akin to pin


  1. Category: Status (usage)

    Ref: Slang. penitentiary (def. 1). 1

Origin of pen:

1880–85; Amer.; shortened form


  1. a female swan.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of pen:

1540–50; orig. uncert.


or pen.

  1. peninsula.


  1. International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pen(noun)

    a writing implement with a point from which ink flows

  2. pen(noun)

    an enclosure for confining livestock

  3. playpen, pen(noun)

    a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play

  4. penitentiary, pen(noun)

    a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

  5. pen(verb)

    female swan

  6. write, compose, pen, indite(verb)

    produce a literary work

    "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pen(noun)ɛn

    an object used for writing

    Could I use your pen?

  2. penɛn

    a fenced area for keeping animals in

    a cattle pen

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pen(noun)

    a feather

  2. Pen(noun)

    a wing

  3. Pen(noun)

    an instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also, originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or graving

  4. Pen(noun)

    fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen

  5. Pen(noun)

    the internal shell of a squid

  6. Pen(noun)

    a female swan

  7. Pen(verb)

    to write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet

  8. Pen

    to shut up, as in a pen or cage; to confine in a small inclosure or narrow space; to coop up, or shut in; to inclose

  9. Pen(noun)

    a small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs


  1. Pen

    A pen is a writing implement used to apply ink to a surface, usually paper, for writing or drawing. Historically, reed pens, quill pens, and dip pens were used, with a nib dipped in the ink. Ruling pens allow precise adjustment of line width, and still find a few specialized uses, but technical pens such as the Rapidograph are more commonly used. Modern types also include ballpoint, rollerball, fountain, and felt or ceramic tip pens.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PEN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1806

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PEN' in Nouns Frequency: #1583

Anagrams of PEN

  1. NEP

  2. PNe

Translations for PEN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small enclosure, usually for animals

a sheep-pen.

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