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

Definition of warren

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

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 The steel plant's warren of tunnels and bunkers was designed to transport equipment between buildings, not for military use, according to Metinvest, the steel and mining conglomerate that owns Azovstal. Peter Weber, The Week, 5 May 2022 This exhibition, featuring 213 artists from 58 countries, occupies a long procession of galleries in the Arsenale and the warren of galleries that make up the Giardini’s Central Pavilion. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 The community health workers — who are funded by a university — are just a small part of the warren of social workers, nonprofit groups, independent community projects and private people that have been activated to help promote vaccines. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 In order to hold the city of 3 million, Russian forces will have to advance through a warren of narrow streets. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Stray dogs stalked warily through the warren of roofless hulks, skirting the frozen puddle and burned vehicles strewn on every side. Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2022 Its first headquarters was a warren of offices and studios not far from the River Thames. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 People come and go all day, ducking into a warren of cubicles or, more often, meeting acquaintances in the big, sunny common room just off the main hallway. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2022 It’s a suffocating warren of grays and browns, brightened only by a brassy receptionist named Mable ( Zoey Deutch ) sashaying around like a copycat of Joan Blondell. Amy Nicholson, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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