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Wren

1

[ ren ]

noun

, (sometimes lowercase)
  1. a member of the Wrens.


Wren

2

[ ren ]

noun

  1. Sir Christopher, 1632–1723, English architect.
  2. Percival Christopher, 1885–1941, English novelist.

wren

3

[ ren ]

noun

  1. any of numerous small, active songbirds of the family Troglodytidae, especially Troglodytes troglodytes, of the Northern Hemisphere, having dark-brown plumage barred with black and a short, upright tail. Compare house wren, marsh wren, rock wren, winter wren.
  2. any of various similar, unrelated birds, especially any of several Old World warblers.

Wren

1

/ rɛn /

noun

  1. informal.
    history (in Britain and certain other nations) a member of the former Women's Royal Naval Service


Wren

2

/ rɛn /

noun

  1. WrenSir Christopher16321723MEnglishARCHITECTURE: architect Sir Christopher. 1632–1723, English architect. He designed St Paul's Cathedral and over 50 other London churches after the Great Fire as well as many secular buildings

wren

3

/ rɛn /

noun

  1. any small brown passerine songbird of the chiefly American family Troglodytidae, esp Troglodytes troglodytes ( wren in Britain, winter wren in the US and Canada). They have a slender bill and feed on insects
  2. any of various similar birds of the families Muscicapidae (Australian warblers), Xenicidae (New Zealand wrens), etc
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Wren1

First recorded in 1915–20

Origin of Wren2

before 900; Middle English wrenn ( e ), Old English wrenna, obscurely akin to Old High German wrendilo, Old Norse rindill
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Wren1

C20: from the abbreviation WRNS

Origin of Wren2

Old English wrenna, werna; related to Old High German wrendo, rentilo, Old Norse rindill
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Example Sentences

Mother fairy wrens sang while incubating their eggs, even though it would have made more sense to keep quiet to avoid attracting predators.

Colombelli-Négrel and colleagues’ earlier studies of unhatched fairy wrens showed a slowed heart rate in response to repeated sounds of their own species, but not others.

Wren and Janzo unleash a menace so Garret and Zed go on a hunt.

They probably wouldn’t allow another wren pair to nest there.

“The market is still pretty convinced we’re going to see good news on both fronts, it’s just not sure when,” Wren said.

From Fortune

As an example, on the street yesterday I found a Winter Wren.

It is part of the clock-tower wing of the royal residence, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century.

Their son, Wren, was born on March 9, 2010, shortly after noon.

With every breath, Wren made a cooing noise, but Jones looked online and saw that lots of newborns make funny sounds.

Mrs. Wren glanced at the small person whose breakfast she had interrupted.

The Wren Building, named in his honor, was constructed by 1698 and it is the oldest academic structure still in existence.

The original design of Wren had to be altered slightly because of the terrain of the country-side.

The wren, to seek for which used to be the sport dedicated to the holytide, was left unpursued and unslain.

And the song and story which that thoughtful priest put into the ritual, was the story of the wren.

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