- 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
- a member of the Wrens.
Origin of Wren1
- Sir Christopher,1632–1723, English architect.
- Percival Christopher,1885–1941, English novelist.
Examples from the Web for wren
Contemporary Examples of wren
As an example, on the street yesterday I found a Winter Wren.How I Write: Jared Diamond
November 20, 2013
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.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
"I like to think of the children at Wren's End," Fay said dreamily.
No one could see anything odd in his calling at Wren's End to see William.
Meanwhile, at Wren's End the washing had taken a long time to count and to divide.
It was their first day at Wren's End, and the weather was kind.
- 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
- history informal (in Britain and certain other nations) a member of the former Women's Royal Naval Service
Word Origin for Wren
- 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
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.