What does PEN mean?

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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"

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

  10. Origin: [OE. pennen, AS. pennan in on-pennan to unfasten, prob. from the same source as pin, and orig. meaning, to fasten with a peg.See Pin, n. & v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pen

    pen, v.t. to shut up: to confine in a small enclosure:—pr.p. pen′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. penned or pent.—n. a small enclosure: a fold for animals: a coop. [A.S. pennan, to shut up, in comp. on pennan, to unpen. Prop. to fasten with a pin.]

  2. Pen

    pen, n. one of the large feathers of the wing of a bird: an instrument used for writing, formerly made of the feather of a bird, but now of steel, &c.: style of writing: a female swan—opp. to Cob.—v.t. to write, to commit to paper:—pr.p. pen′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. penned.—adj. Pen′-and-ink′, written, literary: executed with pen and ink, as a drawing.—ns. Pen′-case, a holder for a pen or pens; Pen′craft, skill in penmanship: the art of composition; Pen′-driv′er, a clerk; Pen′ful, what one can write with one dip of ink; Pen′-hold′er, a holder for pens or nibs; Pen′-wī′per, a piece of cloth, leather, &c. for wiping pens after use; Pen′-wom′an, a female writer. [O. Fr. penne—L. penna, a feather.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pen

    An area of land or space with a fence around it where domestic animals or farm animals are put.

    My brother loves animals and has a number of goats, he built a pen for them so they have space to play and live together.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PEN in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PEN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gaston Bachelard:

    It is the pen which dreams.

  2. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    To hold a pen is to be at war.

  3. Miguel de Cervantes:

    The pen is the tongue of the mind.

  4. Honore' de Balzac:

    I am a galley slave to pen and ink.

  5. Horace Walpole:

    Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.

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