Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fallen”

fallen

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈfɔː.lən/ us    /ˈfɑː-/

fallen adjective [before noun] (LYING ON GROUND)

lying on the ground, after falling down: A fallen tree was blocking the road.RecliningNot holding the body upright having dropped down: fallen leavesDown and downwardMoving downwards

fallen adjective [before noun] (DEFEATED)

describes someone who has been defeated or has lost a position of power: The Education Minister will now join the ranks of other fallen politicians.Losing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport

fallen

noun [plural] uk   /ˈfɔː.lən/ us    /ˈfɑː-/ formal
the fallen soldiers who have died in a war: a statue in memory of the fallenDeath and dying
(Definition of fallen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fallen?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fallen” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

stampede

When animals or people stampede, they all move quickly in the same direction, often because they are frightened.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More