- the Women's Royal Naval Service: established in 1917 as an auxiliary to the Royal Navy.
Origin of Wrens
- 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 wrens
Historical Examples of wrens
Wrens and sparrows are not too ignoble a quarry for this villainous gos-hawk!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
In fact, he wrote almost as much about the habits of trout as about wrens.
On his last morning he sought and found her beside the sun-dial in the wrens' garden.
Jan went out into the Wrens' garden and through Anthony's gate.
The wrens were not afraid, but they were so small he could not hit them.
- 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.