war·​ren | \ˈwȯr-ən, ˈwär-\

Definition of warren 

(Entry 1 of 7)

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, 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 , 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, 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

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Examples of warren in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its warren of offices housed lawyers from nearby courts, most of which have relocated. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Life, and value, for derelict Greek properties," 10 July 2018 On Saturday morning, hundreds of RAB personnel raided the Geneva Camp neighborhood in Dhaka, a cramped warren of concrete tenements and shops, going house-to-house with drug-sniffing dogs. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "Asia's newest drug war leaves more than 90 people dead in less than two weeks," 27 May 2018 Father and daughter crawl, insect-like, through cardboard warrens to locate a special treasure. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp Has Stakes as Small as Its Superheroes But It’s Hard to Dislike," 3 July 2018 The handsome iron elevator, clad in painted glass and brass, takes guests upstairs to the gourmet restaurant which was once, unbelievably, a warren of dreary municipal offices. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "With Striking Interior Design, Milan’s Cracco Restaurant Evokes Singular Elegance," 29 June 2018 Historically, gay bars have been side-street hideaways, architecturally closeted warrens of secrecy. Richard Morgan, New York Times, "The Inevitable Rise of the Gay Hooters," 21 June 2018 Slumped in his Beijing hospital bed in tatty ward-issue pajamas, the 69-year-old is a warren of aches and scuffs, and sports a whopping frostbite sore on each of his two cheeks. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "'I Hate It.' Double-Amputee Climber Xia Boyu Vows Never to Return to Everest," 14 June 2018 Christine Pittsley, a historian who is leading the 100th commemoration of World War I for the Connecticut State Library, recently visited the underground warrens where soldiers of the 102nd Infantry Regiment lived for two months. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "If These Walls Could Talk: 7 Stories Of Connecticut Soldiers Who Left Their Names In French Caves," 25 May 2018 Known as the spot where Gen. Eisenhower planned his D-Day landings, Bushy Park is a warren of trails, woodland and an unusual water garden built in 1710. Joanna Pocock, latimes.com, "Romance is in the air at London's green spaces," 13 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of warren

: a place where rabbits live or are kept

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