- The definition of a wren is a small songbird with a long bill and short wings.
A small brown bird that tweets a beautiful song and has short wings is an example of a wren.
- any of a large family (Troglodytidae) of small, insect-eating passerine birds having a long bill, rounded wings, and a stubby, erect tail; esp., the (Troglodytes aedon), that often nests in birdhouses in North America
- any of certain other passerine birds of various families
Origin of wrenMiddle English wrenne ; from Old English wrenna, probably akin to Old High German rentilo, Old Norse rindill
- Any of various small brownish songbirds of the family Troglodytidae, having rounded wings, a slender bill, and a short, often erect tail. All species but one, which is Eurasian, are found only in the Americas.
- Any of various similar unrelated songbirds.
Origin of wrenMiddle English wrenne, from Old English wrenna.
Originally a nickname from Middle English wrenne (“wren”).
- (UK, informal) A female member of the Royal Navy (a member of the WRNS)
From the similarity to WRNS, influenced by wrens (birds).