warren

[ wawr-uhn, wor- ]
/ ˈwɔr ən, ˈwɒr- /

noun

a place where rabbits breed or abound.
a building or area containing many tenants in limited or crowded quarters.

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Origin of warren

1350–1400; Middle English warenne<Anglo-French; Old French g(u)arenne<Germanic *warinne game park, equivalent to *war- (base of *warjan to defend) + *-inne feminine noun suffix

Definition for warren (2 of 2)

Warren
[ wawr-uhn, wor- ]
/ ˈwɔr ən, ˈwɒr- /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for warren (1 of 3)

warren
/ (ˈwɒrən) /

noun

a series of interconnected underground tunnels in which rabbits live
a colony of rabbits
an overcrowded area or dwelling
  1. mainly British an enclosed place where small game animals or birds are kept, esp for breeding, or a part of a river or lake enclosed by nets in which fish are kept (esp in the phrase beasts or fowls of warren)
  2. English legal history a franchise permitting one to keep animals, birds, or fish in this way

Word Origin for warren

C14: from Anglo-French warenne, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German werien to preserve

British Dictionary definitions for warren (2 of 3)

Warren1
/ (ˈwɒrən) /

noun

a city in the US, in SE Michigan, northeast of Detroit. Pop: 136 016 (2003 est)

British Dictionary definitions for warren (3 of 3)

Warren2
/ (ˈwɒrən) /

noun

Earl. 1891–1974, US lawyer; chief justice of the US (1953–69). He chaired the commission that investigated the murder of President Kennedy
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Medical definitions for warren

Warren
[ wôrən ]
John Collins 1778-1856

American surgeon who gave the first public demonstration (1846) of the use of ether as an anesthetic for a surgical procedure.
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