wen

1
[ wen ]
/ wɛn /

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.

Origin of wen

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; cognate with Dutch wen

Can be confused

wen when

Definition for wens (2 of 2)

wen

2
[ wen ]
/ wɛn /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wens (1 of 2)

wen

1
/ (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 wens (2 of 2)

wen

2
/ (wɛn) /

noun

a rune having the sound of Modern English w

Word Origin for wen

Old English wen, wyn
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Medicine definitions for wens

wen

[ wĕn ]

n.

sebaceous cyst
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