war·​ren | \ ˈwȯr-ən How to pronounce warren (audio) , ˈwär-\

Definition of warren

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1 chiefly British

a : a place legally authorized for keeping small game (such as hare or pheasant)
b : the privilege of hunting game in such a warren
2a(1) : an area (as of uncultivated ground) where rabbits breed
(2) : a structure where rabbits are kept or bred
b : the rabbits of a warren
3a : a crowded tenement or district
b : a maze of passageways or small rooms


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War·​ren | \ ˈwȯr-ən How to pronounce Warren (audio) , ˈwär-\

Definition of Warren (Entry 2 of 7)

Earl 1891–1974 American jurist; chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1953–69)


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Definition of Warren (Entry 3 of 7)

Gou*ver*neur \ ˌgə-​vər-​ˈnir How to pronounce ˌgə-vər-ˈnir (audio) , ˌgə-​və-​\ Kemble 1830–1882 American general


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Definition of Warren (Entry 4 of 7)

Joseph 1741–1775 American physician and general in Revolution


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Definition of Warren (Entry 5 of 7)

J. Robin 1937–     Australian pathologist


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Definition of Warren (Entry 6 of 7)

Robert Penn 1905–1989 American author and educator; poet laureate (1986–87)


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War·​ren | \ ˈwȯr-ən How to pronounce Warren (audio) , ˈwär-\

Definition of Warren (Entry 7 of 7)

1 city in southeastern Michigan north of Detroit population 134,056
2 city in northeastern Ohio northwest of Youngstown population 41,557

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Synonyms for warren

Synonyms: Noun

labyrinth, maze, rabbit warren

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Examples of warren in a Sentence


a warren of narrow hallways got lost in the warren of interconnected side streets

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At the Mesa Juvenile Court, Lindsey Shine is a fixture in the tiled hallways that lead to a warren of courtrooms. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "The system took these parents' kids away. Now they're helping other parents get theirs back," 9 June 2019 Interpreter Elena Rzhevskaya, then 25, helped comb through the warren of underground rooms, interrogating survivors and seeking clues to his fate. Fox News, "How the woman who identified Hitler's dental remains ended up in prison," 16 July 2018 Over the course of the miniseries, our rabbit heroes will constantly be on the brink of succumbing to captivity, enslavement, and death, all in their efforts to find and establish their home at the titular warren, Watership Down. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 Commuters at Court Square appear in waves, filling its warren of long corridors and narrow staircases and escalators. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Long Island City Transit Hub Braces for a Rider Surge From the L Train Shutdown," 12 Nov. 2018 Next, Saks knocked out the interior barriers that had made each floor a warren of, yes, little departments. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 The officials did not provide clear details on the fate of the mosque, an imposing white building that dwarfs the surrounding warren of brick and concrete homes. Sam Mcneil, Fox News, "China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing," 30 Aug. 2018 And that’s all in the first 10 minutes! Fiver’s older brother Hazel (James McAvoy) soon emerges as the de facto leader of a group of rabbits who choose to leave their peaceful warren on the strength of Fiver’s vision. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 Thanks to the advent of the Internet with its warren of chat rooms, anonymous websites and Facebook comments and the increased sophistication of cellphones, bullies have a whole host of newer and subtler ways to torment their victims. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Anti-Bullying Week: The Conversation Parents Need To Have," 16 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of warren


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for warren


Middle English wareine, from Anglo-French warenne, garenne

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English Language Learners Definition of warren

: a series of underground tunnels where rabbits live
: a building or place with many connected rooms, passages, etc., where you can get lost very easily


war·​ren | \ ˈwȯr-ən How to pronounce warren (audio) \

Kids Definition of warren

: a place where rabbits live or are kept

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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