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.
any of various similar, unrelated birds, especially any of several Old World warblers.
Origin of wren
before 900; Middle English wrenn(e), Old English wrenna, obscurely akin to Old High German wrendilo, Old Norse rindill
noun (sometimes lowercase) Chiefly British Informal.
Origin of Wren1
First recorded in 1915–20
Sir Christopher,1632–1723, English architect.
Percival Christopher,1885–1941, English novelist.
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Contemporary Examples of wren
As an example, on the street yesterday I found a Winter Wren.
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.
Historical Examples of wren
The wren, after satisfying its animosity, returned to the beam.
"I like to think of the children at Wren's End," Fay said dreamily.
If they express a wish to see the children I'll ask them to Wren's End.
It was their first day at Wren's End, and the weather was kind.
Vaguely she stared round the room, the most charming room in Wren's End.
British Dictionary definitions for wren
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
any of various similar birds of the families Muscicapidae (Australian warblers), Xenicidae (New Zealand wrens), etc
Word Origin for wren
Old English wrenna, werna; related to Old High German wrendo, rentilo, Old Norse rindill
history informal (in Britain and certain other nations) a member of the former Women's Royal Naval Service
Word Origin for Wren
C20: from the abbreviation WRNS
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
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Word Origin and History for wren
Old English wrenna, metathesis variation of earlier werna, a West Germanic word of uncertain origin. Cf. Icelandic rindill, Old High German wrendo, wrendilo "wren." The bird's name in other languages usually denotes "royalty" (cf. Latin regulus), in reference to its golden crest.
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