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I was wondering how common the word 'den' is in English speaking countries (I'm refering to the definition like on wikipedia for a room: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den_%28room%29)? Do people use it to describe a room, or is it more associated to other things, like an animal's den? Thank you.

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    Yes. That is to say, it is commonly used in both senses. People in the real estate business would more likely use it the former sense; zoologists more likely in the latter. Which one is "more common" is not really knowable, and, in my opinion, not worth being concerned about. Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 8:25
  • @Brian I think it is knowable, just it would take a lot of resources to do it.
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 17:29

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People will have no difficulty understanding the word "den" and the context will determine if it means a room or an animal's habitat. Really, the former is just the loose application of the latter to humans; it's somewhere cozy to retire to for both.

The OED lists the animal first, but the other meanings are shown as just sub-versions of the same meaning.

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  • OED lists meanings in order by chronological appearance, not by frequency of use.
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 17:25

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