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 Warren (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

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Examples of warren in a Sentence

Noun a warren of narrow hallways got lost in the warren of interconnected side streets
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s because the arena’s wooden floor is long gone, revealing the underground warren of tunnels and holding pens where the popular entertainments were prepared. oregonlive, "Ambitious Colosseum restoration in Rome will reveal ancient engineering tricks behind deadly gladiatorial battles," 29 Dec. 2020 The Chicago Pedway is a strange, mysterious, sometimes — erm — unique-smelling world in which people can escape the weather, or visit many of the unique spaces that occupy this undergroun warren. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Lyric Opera cancels rest of season: The latest coronavirus entertainment news in Chicago," 23 Oct. 2020 At the White House, the West Wing was largely empty, with few staffers and little of the hustle and bustle typically seen in the tight warren of offices before the election and before yet another COVID-19 outbreak. Jill Colvin, Star Tribune, "Week offers snapshot of how Trump, Biden approach presidency," 21 Nov. 2020 The second and third floors house a warren of apartments. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Just in time for Halloween, the French Quarter legend of Julie the Naked Ghost," 28 Oct. 2020 The warren-like corridors of one floor were devoted to hats. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Forget the Polls: This Chinese Indicator Is Flashing ‘Trump’," 28 Oct. 2020 Seated in his small, bland office at the end of a warren of hospital hallways in Palo Alto, he was visibly depleted from the cocktail of treatments, some highly experimental, that were being deployed to save him from cancer. Madeline Drexler, The Atlantic, "A Medical Revolution Too Late for the Man Who Started It," 20 Oct. 2020 Aides are frequently seen jammed into the warren of offices outside the Oval Office, without any face coverings in sight. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'The likely outcome': Trump's COVID diagnosis followed waning precautions at the White House," 3 Oct. 2020 The ancient Christians dug into the volcanic tufo rock here an extensive warren of catacombs. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors look to buck a four-week losing streak, sending global stocks higher," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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“Warren.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warren. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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