A rabbit warren.
An example of a warren is an area in a forest where rabbits are living.
- Historical, Brit. a piece of land enclosed for the breeding of game
- a space or limited area in which rabbits breed or are numerous
- any building or group of buildings crowded like a rabbit warren
Origin of warrenMiddle English wareine ; from Norman French warenne ; from warir, to preserve ; from Frankish an unverified form warjan: see warrant
Origin of WarrenNorman French warin ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old High German Warin, the Varini, a people mentioned by Tacitus
- a. An area where rabbits live in burrows.b. A colony of rabbits.
- An enclosure for small game animals.
- a. An overcrowded living area.b. A mazelike place where one may easily become lost: a warren of narrow, dark alleys and side streets.
Origin of warrenMiddle English warenne, from Old North French, enclosure; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English warenne, from Anglo-Norman and Old Northern French warenne, from Old French guarenne, garenne, probably from a Germanic *warinne "game park", from the root *war- of Proto-Germanic *warjanÄ… (“ward off, defend against") (cf. also Old French warir, guarir, a borrowing from this Germanic root). Alternatively the Old French may have derived from a Gaulish varenna (“enclosed area"), related to varros (“post").
The given name used in medieval England and returned to use in the nineteenth century, often transferred from the the surname. It has been more popular in the U.S.A. than in the U.K.