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wren

[ ren ]
/ rɛn /
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noun

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.

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Origin of wren

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

Definition for wren (2 of 3)

Wren1
[ ren ]
/ rɛn /

noun (sometimes lowercase)Chiefly British Informal.

a member of the Wrens.

Origin of Wren

1
First recorded in 1915–20

Definition for wren (3 of 3)

Wren2
[ ren ]
/ rɛn /

noun

Sir Christopher, 1632–1723, English architect.
Percival Christopher, 1885–1941, English novelist.
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British Dictionary definitions for wren (1 of 3)

wren
/ (rɛn) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for wren (2 of 3)

Wren1
/ (rɛn) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for wren (3 of 3)

Wren2
/ (rɛn) /

noun

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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