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noun
  1. Pathology. a benign encysted tumor of the skin, especially on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst.
  2. British. a large, crowded city or a crowded urban district: London is the great wen of England.
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Origin of wen1

before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; cognate with Dutch wen
Can be confusedwen when

wen2

[wen]
noun
  1. wynn.
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  • Wen it iss a matteh of learrn in orrter to surfife, one learrnss.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • And Xavier, who had a wen under his eye, laid his finger on it.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • Most of all Rose dreaded the question, "Wen is 'E goin' to take a little 'ouse?"

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • I sorrow to hear that; the Wen was a capable man, and brave.

    The Prince and The Pauper, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Wen he got to his own room, he found his wife cryin, lik her heart was brok.

    The Bad Boy At Home

    Walter T. Gray


British Dictionary definitions for wen

wen1

noun
  1. pathol a sebaceous cyst, esp one occurring on the scalp
  2. a large overcrowded city (esp London in the phrase the great wen)
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Word Origin

Old English wenn; related to Danish dialect van, væne, Dutch wenn

wen2

noun
  1. a rune having the sound of Modern English w
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Word Origin

Old English wen, wyn
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Word Origin and History for wen

n.

Old English wenn "a wen, wart," a West Germanic word (cf. Middle Low German wene, Dutch wen, dialectal German Wenne) of uncertain origin.

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wen in Medicine

wen

(wĕn)
n.
  1. sebaceous cyst