• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dern A gatepost or doorpost.
    • Dern Hidden; concealed; secret. "Ye must be full dern ."
    • Dern Solitary; sad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first foreign fort the American flag flew over was Fort Derne in Libya, on the shores of Tripoli
    • dern Hidden; secret; private.
    • dern To hide; secrete, as in a hole.
    • dern To hide one's self; skulk.
    • n dern Same as dearn.
    • dern Same as darn, a minced form of damn. Also written durn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dern dėrn secret: hidden:
    • adj Dern dėrn (Shak.) dreadful—also Dearn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Dearn (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. dern, dærne—A.S. dyrne, derne, secret.


In literature:

You know dern well he was in jail.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
Just like my derned bad luck!
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
I dote on clams, baked, boiled, fried or frizzled, it don't make a dern bit of difference.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
Wa'al, derned ef I could seem ter cut his trail anywhar I went, an' I made a great hustle fer it.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
Just you pay me whut you owe me, an' I'll leave ye ter git out o' ther park ther best way ye derned kin.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
An' every dern one of em's eddicated!
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
Dern'd 'f I'd 'a' come, 'f I'd 'a' known th' old butter-box was goin' to be s' frisky.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
I don't believe there's a derned thing about it in 'Advice to Young Mothers.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I've met some derned good liars in my time, but you beat the lot.
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
We thort we'd make our derned fortune out thet eer trip.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Sold! Why, you limb,
You ornery,
Derned old
Long-legged Jim.
"Jim" by Francis Bret Harte
Elfinland wud is dern and dreir,
(Merrie is the grai gowkis sang,)
But ilk ane leaf is quhyt as silver cleir,
(Licht makis schoirt the road swa lang.)
"Elfinland Wood" by Henry Morley
It was al bricht quhare that ladie stude,
(Far my luve fure ower the sea.)
Bot dern is the lave of Elfinland wud,
(The knicht pruvit false that ance luvit me.)
"Elfinland Wood" by Henry Morley
So you've kem 'yer agen,
And one answer won't do?
Well, of all the derned men
That I've struck, it is you.
O Sal! 'yer's that derned fool from Simpson's, cavortin' round 'yer
in the dew.
"Penelope" by Francis Bret Harte
Thet's why it's Dow's Flat;
And the thing of it is
That he kinder got that
Through sheer contrairiness:
For 'twas WATER the derned cuss was seekin', and his luck made him
certain to miss.
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
Wad that nae leaf upon anither wheeled
A shadow either and nae root need dern
In sacrifice to let sic beauty be!
But deep surroondin' darkness I discern
Is aye the price o' licht. Wad licht revealed
Naething but you, and nicht nocht else concealed.
"Milk-Wort And Bog Cotton" by Hugh MacDiarmid

In news:

Enlightened A new series in which a business exec, played by Laura Dern, undergoes a spiritual transformation.
Nostalgia Comedy Directed by: Michael Winner ( The Sentinel ) Starring: Madeleine Kahn, Bruce Dern, Art Carney, Teri Garr, Phil Silvers, Ron Leibman.
You'll look too much like handsome Bruce Dern.
Where Steve McPherson and Ari Emanuel Dine and The Arquettes and Harper-Derns Double-Date.
The Lena Dunham comedy heads back to the air earlier than expected, while Laura Dern's series will have been off the air for a year by the the time it debuts.
Enlightened stars Golden Globe winner Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive executive who tries to piece her life back together after suffering a public meltdown at work.
She's trying to get it together, but it's not easy for Amy (Laura Dern), who has issues at work and a druggie ex-husband (Luke Wilson).
Laura Dern's New Age Rage.
Thriller Directed by: Daniel Sackheim Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgard, Bruce Dern, Kathy Baker.
Laura Dern stars in the 1996 film "Citizen Ruth.".
I think it's pretty cool when a major motion picture is being filmed in my neighborhood like the comedy, Nebraska with Bruce Dern and Will Forte.
According to divorce documents that musician Ben Harper filed Friday, he separated from actress Laura Dern on New Year's Day.
Along with her actor-parents Bruce Dern and his ex-wife Diane Ladd, Laura Dern received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday.
Check out this and other Laura Dern pictures at Us Weekly.
Courteney Cox, Justin Theroux and Laura Dern Credit: Tiffany Rose/

In science:

However,as nearly 40 years have elapsed since ,it seemed appropriate to undertake a veri fication of eq.(1) but with mo dern data,and on a broader set of objects.
Selected results and open problems in a semiclassical theory of dense matter
We write Dern (L, K ; ψ) for the space of degree-n ψ -derivations.
Whitehead products in function spaces: Quillen model formulae
The graded rings over C of these Hermitian modular forms are studied by Dern and Krieg and .
Congruences for Hermitan modular forms of degree 2