Wren meaning

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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.

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Any of various similar unrelated songbirds.
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A member of the British Women's Royal Naval Service.
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Any of certain other passerine birds of various families.
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Small bird of similar appearance to a true wren.
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(rare) A male or female given name from the noun wren.
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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.
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(UK, informal) A female member of the Royal Navy (a member of the WRNS)
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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 house wren (Troglodytes aedon), that often nests in birdhouses in North America.
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A member of the (British) Women's Royal Naval Service.
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1632-1723; Eng. architect.
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Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae.
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Sir Christopher Wren, English architect.
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Origin of wren

  • Middle English wrenne from Old English wrenna

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally a nickname from Middle English wrenne (“wren").

    From Wiktionary