Definitions

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

  • n. A screened gallery for spectators at the service end of a court-tennis court.
  • n. The spectators at a court-tennis match.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A division, at one end of a tennis court, for spectators.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A division, at one end of a tennis court, for spectators.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In court-tennis, that part of the penthouse at the service end which is netted off for spectators.

Etymologies

French, from dedans, inside, from Old French dedenz : de, of, from (from Latin ; see de-) + denz, within (from Late Latin deintus, from within : Latin + Latin intus, within; see en in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Bell's edition.] [315.1] Mr. Julian Marshall, in his "Annals of Tennis," p. 34, describes the two different sorts of tennis courts -- "that which was called Le Quarré, or the Square; and the other with the dedans, which is almost the same as that of the present day."

    An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Volume I

  • I over the sport, that a gentleman within the "dedans" touched me twice on the shoulder before I was aware of him.

    A Monk of Fife

  • "I shall be the more speedily at your service," I made answer; and as I spoke Randal and Robin came forth from the "dedans," the sport being over.

    A Monk of Fife

  • [1] "C'est lui [Dieu] qui fait naître au-dedans la sécheresse, l'impatience, le découragement, pour nous humilier par la tentation, et pour nous montrer à nous-mêmes tels qui nous sommes."

    Louis XIV's Secret Wife

  • Having had a sachet of pot pourri disintegrate la-dedans at one time, I didn't think too much about it when a nice aroma emanated every time I opened the purse, until it started to get sticky in there.

    choper - French Word-A-Day

  • Sa figure était une pomme rouge, un bouton de pivoine prêt à fleurir, et là-dedans s'ouvraient, en haut, deux yeux noirs magnifiques, ombragés de grands cils épais qui mettaient une ombre dedans; en bas, une bouche charmante, étroite, humide pour le baiser, meublée de quenottes luisantes et microscopiques.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Il m'a dit, pour pas que je tombe dedans, pourquoi celle qui etait avant moi n'etait plus la.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • La c vraiment minuscule c limites comme au "premiere classe" a japex ou il faut monter sur les toilettes pour pouvoir fermer la porte ... mais ce sont des toilettes quoi j'veux dire on ne vit pas dedans quand meme.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Il a une tres grande cage et tout en haut j'ai pendu une caisse de coin pour furet que je remplis de foin. je la mets en hauteur pour qu'il ne fasse pas ses besoins dedans et il n'y a pas grand espace entre le toit de la cage et la boite et lui est quand meme un morceau bien que lapin nain.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Until she tryded to do a pirouette en dedans and another en dehors at teh saem tiem.

    BOO! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

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