warren

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

Warren

biographical name (1)
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)

Warren

geographical name
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 The warrens that ran through the village were silent, exquisite, and mysterious. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "For the Real Santorini, Visit During Off-Season," 15 Nov. 2019 There, where club members smoke hookah and cigars and play backgammon or poker in a warren of rooms downstairs, politicians have courted wealthy Iraqi Christians at glitzy fund-raisers over the years as the community grows in political influence. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community," 13 Oct. 2019 The blaze in New Delhi's Karol Bagh neighborhood, a warren of narrow alleyways with electrical wiring strung helter-skelter, was the second major fire there this year. Arkansas Online, "Devastating factory fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital," 8 Dec. 2019 From $100 At Matsuba Sohonten, a scruffy kushikastu in a warren underneath Shin-Osaka train station, crowds of busy Osakans file in for fast and furiously fried skewers, washed down with cold beer. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Osaka Is a Food-Obsessed City Unlike Anywhere Else in Japan," 16 Nov. 2019 And on a recent Saturday night at Port Lucaya Marketplace, visitors and residents crammed into the warren of restaurants and bars. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 8 Nov. 2019 Like all important problems in mathematics, scissors congruence is a rabbit hole: a modest statement that draws mathematicians into a warren of sophisticated mathematics. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Cut Apart Shapes to Find Pieces of Equations," 31 Oct. 2019 And on a recent Saturday night at Port Lucaya Marketplace, visitors and residents crammed into the warren of restaurants and bars. Andrea Sachs, Houston Chronicle, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 15 Nov. 2019 The song, about homeless people trying to keep their spirits up, reminded them of the world outside their window in Spitalfields in east London, then a warren of derelict houses populated by drunks and drifters. The Economist, "Grave hopping with Gilbert & George," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of warren

Noun

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

History and Etymology for warren

Noun

Middle English wareine, from Anglo-French warenne, garenne

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The first known use of warren was in the 14th century

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“Warren.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warren. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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warren

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How to pronounce Warren (audio)

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

warren

noun
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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