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Webster 1913 Edition


Wren

Wren

(rĕn)
,
Noun.
[OE.
wrenne
, AS.
wrenna
,
wrænna
, perhaps akin to
wrǣne
lascivious.]
1.
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to
Troglodytes
and numerous allied of the family
Troglodytidae
.
☞ Among the species best known are the house wren (
Troglodytes aedon
) common in both Europe and America, and the American winter wren (
Troglodytes hiemalis
). See also
Cactus wren
,
Marsh wren
, and
Rock wren
, under
Cactus
,
Marsh
, and
Rock
.
2.
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.
☞ Among these are several species of European warblers; as, the reed wren (see
Reed warbler
(a)
, under
Reed
), the sedge wren (see
Sedge warbler
, under
Sedge
), the willow wren (see
Willow warbler
, under
Willow
), the golden-crested wren, and the ruby-crowned wren (see
Kinglet
).
Ant wren
,
any one of numerous South American birds of the family
Formicaridae
, allied to the ant thrushes.
Blue wren
,
a small Australian singing bird (
Malurus cyaneus
), the male of which in the breeding season is bright blue. Called also
superb warbler
.
Emu wren
.
See in the Vocabulary.
Wren babbler
,
any one of numerous species of small timaline birds belonging to
Alcippe
,
Stachyris
,
Timalia
, and several allied genera. These birds are common in Southern Asia and the East Indies.
Wren tit
.
See
Ground wren
, under
Ground
.
Wren warbler
,
any one of several species of small Asiatic and African singing birds belonging to
Prinia
and allied genera. These birds are closely allied to the tailor birds, and build their nests in a similar manner. See also
Pincpinc
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Wren

WREN

,
Noun.
A small bird of the genus Motacilla.

Definition 2022


Wren

Wren

See also: wren

English

Proper noun

Wren

  1. A surname.
  2. Sir Christopher Wren, English architect
    • 1983 Marcus Whiffen, Frederick Koeper, "American Architecture: 1607-1860"
      The Wren church did not cross the Atlantic at once.
    • 1999 Andrew Prescott et al, "The British inheritance: a treasury of historic documents"
      This engraving of a Wren design for the north elevation was made in 1702.
    • 2004 Thomas Bruce Wheeler, "London Secrets: London Guidebook for the First Time Visitor"
      Wren rebuilt this church 15 years after the Great Fire, and later renovations have not altered its 17th-century appearance.
    • 2007 Karla J. Nielson, "Interior textiles: fabrics, applications, & historical styles"
      Wren architecture and Queen Anne furniture style flourished in tandem during the reigns of George II and George III.
    • 2007 Kerry Downes, "Christopher Wren"
      The philanthropic concerns underlying Chelsea turned to the navy, and Wren was among those who in 1693 discussed a permanent institution on this site.
    • 2008 Mark Child, "Discovering Churches and Churchyards"
      This is not to say that a hallmark Wren steeple was universally applied.
  3. (rare) A male or female given name from the noun wren.
    • 2000 Rebecca Wade, A Wanted Woman, Avon Books, ISBN 0739413732, page 53:
      "What's ironic," Alexandra said, "is that Mother named her Wren because as a newborn she reminded Mother of a shy bird. Little did she know."

Etymology 2

From the similarity to WRNS, influenced by wrens (birds).

Noun

Wren (plural Wrens)

  1. (Britain, informal) A female member of the Royal Navy (a member of the WRNS)
    • 2007 Jonathan R. Rayner, "The naval war film: genre, history, national cinema"
      The characterisation of male officers as ineffectual chauvinists, and the offering of the Wrens as objects for Charlie's and the viewer's gaze, are mutually contradictory as well as uncomplimentary to all branches of the Navy.
    • 2008 Brian Lavery, "CHURCHILL'S NAVY: THE SHIPS, MEN AND ORGANISATION, 1939-1945"
      There was plenty of work for Wrens in the training bases of the navy.
    • 2008 Mark Barber, "The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II"
      By the end of l942 Wren officers were permitted to enrol on the meteorological course at RNC Greenwich, after which they were employed as fully qualified forecasters.

wren

wren

See also: Wren

English

Alternative forms

  • wran (dialectal)

Noun

wren (plural wrens)

  1. Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae.
  2. Small bird of similar appearance to a true wren.

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