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wen

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

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; cognate with Dutch wen

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wen

wen , when

Other definitions for wen (2 of 2)

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[ wen ]
/ wɛn /

noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wen (1 of 2)

wen1
/ (wɛn) /

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

Word Origin for wen

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

British Dictionary definitions for wen (2 of 2)

wen2
/ (wɛn) /

noun
a rune having the sound of Modern English w

Word Origin for wen

Old English wen, wyn
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