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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Kutaisi, Georgia’s third-largest city, is a feisty, charmingly ramshackle warren packed with honking Ladas and hollering street vendors. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Ryanair's Cheap Flights to Georgia Will Change Travel to the Country," 6 Sep. 2019 Biden also has a better showing with voters age 50 and older with 33%, compared to warren at 19% and Sanders at 11%. Fortune, "Sanders and Warren Climb, Biden Dips in New 2020 Democratic Presidential Poll," 26 Aug. 2019 Still later, the mouse saves the warren on Watership Down by warning of approaching danger. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 On a Sunday in June, around 8 km from the warren of corporate offices in Sarjapur, Suresh Kumar stood on a small patch of land, extolling the virtues of growing edible weeds. Shailaja Tripathi, Quartz India, "Bengalureans want India’s Silicon Valley to live up to its garden city tag," 12 Aug. 2019 Their centres are warrens built around foot traffic, that had to be trimmed, straightened and trained like rose bushes as car ownership grew. The Economist, "Streets ahead," 1 Aug. 2019 CrimeReads In quaint Ojai, about 25 minutes north of the city of Ventura, a maze-like warren of book shelves unspools. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California Week in Review: A mysterious $1.5 billion in Cal State’s reserves," 22 June 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast Accommodations:NH Firenze Day 4: Florence Begin the morning with a walking tour of Florence’s historic center, an enchanting warren of stone lanes bursting with treasures. National Geographic, "Italy Family Journey: Venice to Rome," 12 June 2019 The route threads through what has been a notorious warren of homeless camps along the Chester Creek greenbelt. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage is doing more than ever to clear homeless camps, but many residents think the problem has never been worse. What’s really going on?," 21 June 2019

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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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