Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of 12 levels of proficiency at the grade of black belt in martial arts such as judo and karate.
  • n. One who has achieved such a level.
  • n. An expert or expert level in shogi and other such games.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rank of black belt in martial arts
  • n. Someone who has achieved a level of black belt
  • n. A small truck or sledge used in coal mines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A title of honor equivalent to master, or sir.
  • n. A small truck or sledge used in coal mines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A title of honor equivalent to master, don, or sir, formerly common, now only archaic.
  • n. In mining: A small box for carrying coal or attle in a mine.
  • n. In the midland counties of England, a tub or barrel in which water is carried to the pump or raised to the surface. It may or may not be mounted on wheels.
  • n. Nautical, a small buoy having a pole on which is displayed by day a flag and by night a lantern.
  • n. An abbreviation of Danish.

Etymologies

Japanese, from Middle Chinese nam, male.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese  (dan) (Wiktionary)
Uncertain. (Wiktionary)

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  • Jamaican slang for 'than'.

    November 6, 2010

  • "A marker buoy which consists of a long pole moored to the seabed and fitted to float vertically, usually with a coded flag at the top." Wikipedia

    October 6, 2009

  • "Red Hot Dan" by Fats Waller.

    February 10, 2008